The Future of the NHS – a Public Meeting
The MP for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Andrew George – who is also a member of the Health Select Committee – has called a public meeting to debate his concerns about the future of the National Health Service. He has invited national speakers to debate the merits of the Government’s proposed changes to the NHS and its Health and Social Care Bill.
The meeting will take place (on Wednesday 31st August at 7.30pm) just days before the House of Commons debates whether Government plans should be given the go-ahead.
Following opposition from Mr George, and some of his fellow parliamentary colleagues, the Government agreed, this spring, to a ‘pause’ in the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill whilst it set up a committee to undertake a ‘listening exercise’ to review those concerns. The Government has subsequently introduced a range of amendments to its Bill which will be debated through its final stages in Parliament on 6th/7th September.
Mr George remains concerned about the risk the Government’s Bill poses to the future of the NHS and the private sector takeover of many core NHS services. He will propose a number of amendments to the Bill which will be debated during the final stages.
Further information about the public meeting will be circulated soon.