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Ministers have released the health and care bill, or the “business acquisition bill,” as many describe it. The far-reaching reorganization of the NHS would repeal section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which requires all contracts to be submitted for competitive bidding. But this is not a rollback from privatization. Instead, it places private companies at the center of the health service. The bill would reshape the NHS in England with 42 new regional integrated care systems (ICS), replacing local clinical commissioning groups. The bill provides for private healthcare providers to serve on ICS boards of directors, which will be responsible for launching and bringing together NHS and local government services, and could result in companies receiving contracts without going through a bidding process. As We Own It’s Pascale Robinson said: “The latest [the NHS] needs right now is a dangerous overhaul that would put the private sector at the heart of our healthcare service. ”
Labor echoed the sentiment. “After a year in which billions in taxpayer money were given to conservative cronies to purchase personal protective equipment and trial contracts, Labor will vigorously resist allowing further unsupervised privatization,” said Jonathan Ashworth. And while the shadow Health Secretary noted that the Labor Party had long warned that Lansley’s reform of the coalition government was wasteful and a forced privatization of the NHS, he questioned the timing of the bill: reduce the reorganization of the NHS. rather than endowing the NHS with enough resources to reduce record waiting lists for surgery, mental health and cancer care or give our NHS workers the appropriate pay increase they deserve. ”
Labor faces criticism after lifting Trevor Phillips’ suspension. The station, which belongs to Keir Starmer’s party branch, is under investigation for allegations of Islamophobia and was administratively suspended last year. This has now been lifted, although the case is still active. The decision did not reach the Labor National Executive Committee and LaborList He has been told that the investigative officer working on the case, the only Muslim staff member in the Labor Party’s governing and legal unit, was not included in the process. Critics have highlighted a document agreed to by Labor NEC in 2019, which read: “Except in cases of mistaken identity, only the NEC can choose to lift a suspension and issue a warning.” Others have pointed out that this refers to completing disciplinary actions, not lifting suspensions. However, questions remain as to what has changed since last year to drive the lifting of the suspension.
Ballots began to fall this week in an election that could have significant implications for the union movement. Unite members have until Aug. 23 to return their vote for the next general secretary, in what became a three-horse race last month after Howard Beckett retired. Outgoing Secretary General Len McCluskey launched yesterday with the endorsement of Steve Turner. He told members that the deputy general secretary “defends the progressive union perspective that I have championed all my life.” A spokesperson for Sharon Graham’s campaign described it as a “desperate attempt to jump-start Steve Turner’s failed campaign.” Meanwhile, Gerard Coyne said he is “delighted” with the move, adding: “It makes the choice even clearer: If you want real change at Unite, vote for me.”
LaborList he will put down the tools at 8pm tonight in anticipation of England’s clash with semi-final rivals Denmark. Soccer fan Starmer sent a message to the team this morning, telling the players that the entire nation is behind them. “Both on and off the pitch, they have shown the best of England,” he added. “Only one song has appeared in our house since Saturday: come home.” Hopefully. Sign up for the LabourList morning email for all things work, every weekday morning.
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