The coalition government has forced through the Health and Social Care Bill which seeks to further open up the healthcare market by welcoming ‘any willing provider’. This decision opens the door to the creation of an unequal two-tier system based on ability to pay. The leading private companies stand to gain lucrative new contracts, subsidised by the taxpayer, to squeeze private profit through damaging ‘cost efficiencies’ while poor people across the UK lose access to important healthcare services.
Red Pepper is bringing together NHS experts and health professionals with campaigners and activists to listen to the plans already underway from those in the health sector to defend the NHS. We will discuss how activists and campaigners can support these efforts and block the implementation of the Bill, defending the principle of a comprehensive, universal, free service for all, that values people over private profit.
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Join us on 9 May, from 7pm-9.15pm to discuss strategies to resist the marketisation of the NHS, at Somers Town Community Centre, London, NW1 1EE. Places are limited, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.