Here are links to some of the best pieces about section 75 being debated today in the Lords.
To quote Don Berwick, head of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the new NHS safety tsar:
please don’t put your faith in market forces. It’s a popular idea: that Adam Smith’s invisible hand would do a better job of designing care than leaders with plans can. I do not agree. I find little evidence anywhere that market forces, bluntly used, that is, consumer choice among an array of products with competitors’ fighting it out, leads to the health care system you want and need. In the US, competition has become toxic; it is a major reason for our duplicative, supply-driven, fragmented care system.
House of Lords protest today 12 midday to 5pm College Green (opposite parliament)
Section 75 of the health act is the engine for its destruction. Kailash Chand. Guardian. April 22nd
In the new NHS lawyers, not GPs, will be in the driving seat: GP commissioning groups will soon take over much of our healthcare, but they can’t compete with corporate legal firepower Colin Leys Guardian March 19th
Amended section 75 regulations still break promises on NHS regulation. Caroline Molloy, Open Democracy March 20th
Fatal attraction: The public will never forgive the government for undermining one of the nation’s most popular services. That’s why it is essential that Peers support my motion to kill off these regulations. Lord Hunt
Section 75: Healthcare commercialised at a stroke? NHS Alliance, April 18th
‘Charities are likely to be forced to walk away in light of the intolerable burdens of perpetual commissioning rounds’ Health Service Journal April 22nd
Why we are concerned about the section 75 regulations. Marie Curie Cancer Care April 23rd
Can the Lords, with their vested interests be trusted to overturn section 75? Social Investigations.
The NHS reforms have introduced an unhealthy level of competition. Randeep Ramesh, Guardian. April 23rd
Section 75 The privatisation agenda, ie. what the college survey warned about. Royal College of Physicians.
GPs ar e’agents of state privatisation’ says GPC (British Medical Association General Practitioner’s Committee)
Live blog from the Health Service Journal: http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/hsj-live/hsj-live-24042013-lords-debate-move-to-kill-competition-rules/5057811.article?blocktitle=HSJ-Live&contentID=9221
Update 7.47pm Section 75 is being debated late into the evening.
Instead of weeping (or rejoicing should your Virgin shares have just increased in value) watch this video of Chunky Mark, The Artist Taxi Driver who pushed a pig nearly five miles with his nose to 10 Downing Street in protest at the privatisation of the NHS