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Posted: 05 Aug 2014

Please see below a letter from Clive Efford MP

“Dear All, 

As many of you may already know, I am introducing a Private Members Bill [NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (AMENDED DUTIES AND POWERS) BILL] which will reverse the most dangerous parts of the Government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012, which is leading to whole-scale privatisation of our NHS. 

There are two petitions you can sign to show that you support the Bill. 

I would be very grateful if you could sign a Labour party petition here: 

www.labour.org.uk/nhspetition 

The Government e-petition here:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68064 

My Bill will put patients and not private profits back at the heart of our NHS. 

I hope that as many people as possible will sign these petitions to show their support for the NHS before it’s too late. 

The shadow health minister Andy Burnham MP, said in a speech this week that “we know that the threat to the NHS is real – and that it can’t wait for an Election. 

That is why Labour is supporting a Private Member’s Bill – promoted by Clive Efford MP – to repeal the most noxious elements of the Cameron Health Act in this Parliament. 

As part of Labour’s summer campaign on the NHS, we will work to build support behind this. 

Before they face the public next year, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs have a chance to correct their mistake.” 

My Bill will reverse Cameron’s devastating privatisation of our NHS by:

Restoring the central duty on the Secretary of State to provide a National Health Service

 Remove Cameron’s dangerous competition requirements

 Curb the ability of NHS hospitals to provide private services

 Remove the additional duties awarded to Monitor so there is no longer any conflict of interest

 Repeal the S.75 competition regulations

 ■ I would be very grateful if you could sign both these petitions. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any more information.

 Best wishes

 Clive Efford MP”