January 14, 2013 by Protect Our NHS
Well maybe it started with Andrew Lansley or maybe it was the Blair Government’s decision to change the way in which GPs were paid – whichever – it started to worry those of us of any political persuasion who had grown up with the NHS. The coalition government’s un-mandated and irreversible changes to the structure of primary care in England brought it all to a head. Last year the campaigning group, 38 Degrees, put out a petition aimed at local people and their doctors across the country to engage in public scrutiny of the new NHS bodies called Clinical Commissioning Groups.
The petition was to: Ask North Somerset CCG to protect our local NHS.
The government’s plans to privatise and fragment our NHS are starting to take shape across England. In North Somerset doctors are getting together to form a ’Clinical Commissioning Group’ or ’CCG’. This body will make big decisions about what health services will be available to you and your family. North Somerset CCG will be under pressure to do the Government’s dirty-work. But if enough local people sign the petition to North Somerset CCG, we can persuade them to put us first – and protect our local NHS.
In North Somerset 952 people signed the petition, making this one of the most powerful lobbying voices in the County. Since then a core team of 20 people form across North Somerset have been planning a response to this huge change to the way in which our health is managed. On January 8th a meeting took place with the the leaders of the North Somerset CCG at which proposed amendments to the CCG constitution were put forward and are now being considered by the CCG.
The Protect North Somerset NHS group is now preparing for the next steps in what will be a long battle to stop the piecemeal privatisation and private cherry picking of our NHS services.