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