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You can read an update from the TUC, here.

Please share this information with your colleagues, local representatives and in your workplace. As many union members have already found out, when services go out of the NHS (whether to the private sector or to large charities), staff terms and conditions, and care for patients, are both likely to suffer. These regulations open the floodgates to a much more wholesale sell-off, and people are rightly asking, how much more of this can the NHS take? Can you print off and share this leaflet / poster?

Please write to members of the House of Lords, asking them to vote against the regulations on 24 April. For more information, template letters, and contact details for Peers, see here. Try and personalise letters, and stress your own professional experience – this carries a lot of weight.

Your union branch could also write to the newspapers (local or national).

Finally, contact your union (both locally and nationally), asking them to strongly oppose the NHS Privatisation Regulations. In particular, ask them if they will:
• lobby the House of Lords to vote to annul the NHS Privatisation Regulations in parliament on 24th April
• publicly call on government to withdraw the Regulations
• share this information with their members and encourage them to circulate it very widely.

Find the contact details for your union, below:
Unison
Unite
GMB
Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Society of Radiographers
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Please write to members of the House of Lords, asking them to vote against the regulations on 24 April. For more information, template letters, and contact details for Peers, see here. Try and personalise letters, and stress your own professional experience – this carries a lot of weight.

You could also write to the newspapers (local or national), and to your professional magazines and journals.

You could write directly to the head of your Professional Body, asking them to strongly oppose the NHS Privatisation Regulations. In particular, ask them if they will:
• lobby the House of Lords to vote to annul the NHS Privatisation Regulations in parliament on 24th April
• publicly call on government to withdraw the Regulations
• share this information with their members and encourage them to circulate it widely.

You could also write to your local representatives – but there is very little time, so may well be worth going straight to the top as well. And please do share this information amongst your colleagues, networks, and (if you can) use this leaflet in your workplace, as well.

Find the contact details for your professional association, below:
Royal College of Nurses – email the head, Peter.Carter[at]rcn.org.uk
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
British Association of Occupational Therapists
Institute of Biomedical Scientists
Clinical Scientists
British Dietetic Association
British Psychological Society
Association of Educational Psychologists
British and Irish Orthoptic Association
British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
Arts, Drama and Music Therapists

Please do share any useful information you find out, below.

Please take a minute to put your name to this letter to medical Royal Colleges here, which Dr David Wrigley has organised.

For background about why this important, you could read this short article.

Please note that ‘medical Royal Colleges’ does not include the Royal Colleges of Nursing, Midwives, or Speech and Language Therapists – see ‘Professional Associations’.

If you have more time:
Please write to members of the House of Lords, stressing your own professional experience, and asking them to vote against the regulations on 24 April. For more information and contact details for Peers, see here.

You could also write to the newspapers, and to your professional magazines and journals.

And finally, you could write directly to the head of your Royal College, asking them to strongly oppose the NHS Privatisation Regulations. In particular, ask them if they will:
• lobby the House of Lords to vote to annul the NHS Privatisation Regulations in parliament on 24th April
• publicly call on government to withdraw the Regulations
• share this information with their members and encourage them to speak out.

Their contact details are:
Royal College of Physicians Sir Richard Thompson richard.thompson[at]rcplondon.ac.uk

Royal College of GPs Clare Gerada president[at]rcgp.org.uk

Royal College of Surgeons Professor Norman Williams president[at]cseng.ac.uk

Royal College of Psychiatrists Professor Sue Bailey sbailey[at]rcpsych.ac.uk

Royal College of Pathologists Dr Archie Prentice Archie.Prentice[at]rcpath.org

Royal College of Paediatrics Dr Hilary Cass president[at]rcpch.ac.uk

Royal College of Obs & Gynae Dr Anthony Falconer president[at]rcog.org.uk

Royal College of Opthamologists Professor Harminder Dua president[at]rcophth.ac.uk

Royal College of Radiologists Jane Barrett president[at]rcr.ac.uk

Royal College of Anaesthetists Dr Jean-Pierre van Besouw president[at]rcoa.ac.uk

Faculty of Occupational Medicine Dr Olivia Carlton president[at]facoccmed.ac.uk

Faculty of Sexual & Reprod Health Dr Chris Wilkinson dhalfnight[at]fsrh.org

Faculty of Public Health Professor Lindsey Davies president[at]fph.org.uk

College of Emergency Medicine Mr Mike Clancy mc.prescem[at]gmail.com

If you work for the NHS, please take a few minutes to speak up now against new NHS Privatisation Regulations, which will be voted on in parliament on 24th April.

These new regulations, made under section 75 of the controversial Health & Social Care Act, break the promises that Ministers made when the Act was going through parliament last year, that ‘there was nothing in the Bill that would promote or permit the transfer of NHS services to the private sector’.

If not overturned in parliament, these new regulations will open the floodgates to the privatisation of virtually every part of the NHS. The drive to turn the NHS into a marketplace has already caused damage, but these regulations would dramatically escalate that damage. They have already been re-written once following a huge outcry from the public and the medical profession, but legal experts and health experts say the re-write is little different. The regulations will still lead to wasteful, expensive tendering, regardless of whether existing NHS providers are doing a good job. It will fragment services, damage patient care, weaken the NHS providers left behind, and undermine staff terms and conditions.

There is still time to stop this. The regulations came into force on 1 April, but are subject to being overturned by a vote in the House of Lords or the House of Commons, this month. The House of Lords will vote on a (highly unusual) ‘fatal motion’ on 24 April.

There are a million people in the UK working for the NHS and providing one of our most precious public services. Please, speak up now to protect the NHS, by taking the actions suggested on this website.

Please also share this information with colleagues, your professional networks, and in your workplace – here is a leaflet you could use (or put up as a poster) – feel free to amend.

ACTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF MEDICAL ROYAL COLLEGES

ACTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

ACTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF TRADE UNIONS

ACTIONS FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC