Margaret Greenwood MP has called on the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees Mogg, to provide time for “a debate on the impact of the government’s NHS privatisation agenda”.
The Wirral West MP was speaking in response to the Business Statement which traditionally takes place each Thursday when Parliament is sitting and outlines the parliamentary business for the following week.
MPs are then able to respond and suggest issues on which they believe the government should make time for a debate in the House of Commons in the near future.
Margaret Greenwood, who was an NHS campaigner before entering Parliament, raised concerns about the government’s Health and Care Bill which will allow newly created Integrated Care Boards to delegate functions, and even devolve budgets, to non-statutory bodies that could include private companies. She argued that this has huge implications for both patients and staff.
Speaking afterwards, Margaret Greenwood MP said, “I was pleased to have the opportunity to raise the issue of NHS privatisation in Parliament.
“It is a matter of very real concern that the Health and Care Bill opens the door for private companies to have a big say in the planning and delivery of NHS services and that it will enable undemocratic, non-statutory bodies to influence how public money is spent.
“The government should withdraw the Health and Care Bill, and it should make time for MPs to debate the impact of its NHS privatisation agenda on patients and staff as a matter of urgency.
“The Prime Minister really should be straight with people in England and explain to them that the government is dismantling the NHS as a public service and handing it gift-wrapped to big business.”