Whatever is happening to our NHS? Latest update on #JR4NHS now available

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If, like me, you’ve supported the Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS campaign the result is very disappointing.

Mr Justice Green has found against the campaign on both remaining counts.

Read the full report from the campaign organisers here.

The campaign has achieved some success as the Secretary of State for Health has conceded to a consultation.

But so far there is no sign of any consultation.

A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper published on 6th July 2018 states on the very first page:

THe NHS England consultation has not yet been launched

and I really wonder if the consultation will ever see the light of day.

I shall keep looking for it and if I catch sight of it I’ll let you know. But don’t hold your breath!

Anyway, I don’t think that some obscure consultation is the right way to introduce this massive and fundamental change to our NHS.

It should be done at a General Election – clearly spelled out in the Tory manifesto what is intended. And then we all get a chance to vote and decide if we want our NHS handed over to private companies on 10 year contracts.

We talk such a lot about “democracy” these days related to the Brexit referendum and “taking back control”. Shouldn’t we be exercising control over what is done to our NHS?

Thanks for reading my blog today.

By Catherine Murray

For over thirty years I worked in British primary education as a class teacher and then as head teacher of four different schools. I retired early about ten years ago and have developed an interest in e-publishing as well as writing. In addition to my own books, I've published several novels written by my husband, Michael Murray. These include the best selling detective novel "A Single To Filey: a DCI Tony Forward novel". When not writing and e-publishing I enjoy family history, reading, gardening, country walks, music, films etc. A diagnosis of advanced colorectal cancer in mid-2017 was followed by 30 months of chemotherapy and two major operations in 2020. Our wonderful NHS has put me well on the road to recovery and I'm hoping to be cancer free for many years to come. I'm everlastingly grateful to my family and friends, especially my husband Michael, for their love and support.