Controversial bill would end right to comprehensive health care, say UK academics

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and public interest lawyers have made a detailed legal and policy analysis of the Government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

In a paper published in the medical The Lancet, Professor Allyson Pollock and colleagues say the bill would pave the way for the introduction of a US-style health system by eroding entitlement to equality of health-care provision.

They say it "severs the duty of the secretary of state for health to secure comprehensive health care throughout England and introduces competitive markets and structures consistent with greater inequality of provision, mixed funding, and widespread provision by private health corporations."

The bill is entering its final stages where it will be scrutinised in the House of Lords. The researchers call on peers to safeguard the NHS for future generations by ensuring that:

• The secretary of state must have the duty to secure provision of comprehensive and equitable health care for the whole of the population of England, taking action whenever there are problems,

• Clinical commission groups must make sure that comprehensive and equitable health care is available for everyone and be responsible for all residents living in single geographically defined areas that are contiguous,

• And nothing must be done that undermines the ability of the secretary of state to fulfil the duty to secure provision of comprehensive and equitable by bringing more of the NHS within the scope of EU competition law.


Explore further

Prime minister wrong to claim we support Health Bill, say public health experts

Provided by Queen Mary University of London
Citation: Controversial bill would end right to comprehensive health care, say UK academics (2012, January 27) retrieved 17 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-01-controversial-bill-comprehensive-health-uk.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more