The Health and Care Bill explained

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Peter Roderick was one of the speakers at yesterday’s online event: Ending NHS Privatisation – For a National Care Service. Below we reproduce his contribution.

The Health and Care Bill has been a long time in the making, and much of it is already in place, as NHS England and its former CEO Simon Stevens have for years been working around Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 to get it up and running on a de facto basis.

It is a major reorganisation of the NHS in England. It is quite revolutionary in that the state will continue to fund health care, but is largely abstaining from being involved in its organisation. The reforms hand over most power and decision-making to public-private joint ventures without statutory duties, and break decisively with the Beveridge or Bevan model of a universal, comprehensive and accountable public service.

The official narrative is…

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