The Health and Care Bill presented to Parliament for its first reading in July 2021 will implement many of the proposals in the Government’s recent White Paper on NHS reform.
Campaigners are concerned about the possibility of another top down reorganisation of the NHS, following on from the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which was deeply unpopular. The changes outlined in this Bill are unwelcome as it will not solve any of the problems the NHS faces, and will distract from efforts to rebuild the NHS, while it is still dealing with the Covid pandemic.
The Health and Care Bill 2021–22 was introduced to the House of Commons on 6 July 2021. This Bill was debated at second reading on Wednesday 14 July 2021 and has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the Bill line by line and is expected to report to the House by Tuesday 2 November 2021.
- Bills before Parliament: Health and Care Bill 2021–22
- Read Explanatory Notes: Health and Care Bill 2021–22
- House of Commons Library Briefing Paper
Oral evidence sessions are expected to be held on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 September.
Sign the petition, protect the NHS
Keep Our NHS Public member and NHS GP Louise Irving has launched a petition to scrap the NHS Health and Care Bill to protect the NHS.
Head over to Change.org to find out why it is so important this Bill is stopped as soon as possible.
Have your say on the Health and Care Bill
The House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider the Health and Care Bill is now inviting written evidence from people with "relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Health and Care Bill", which we at Keep Our NHS Public think is just about everyone!
Click on the button below to go to the 'Have Your Say' page on the Parliament website.
Rally July 14: Second reading of the NHS Health and Care Bill
The day the NHS Health and Care Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons, Keep Our NHS Public held a rally outside the Houses of Parliament to protest the Bill, and make it clear that we won't accept legislation that makes it easier to sell-off and privatise our NHS.