June 19 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Campaigners against the “privatisation” of the NHS heard today how North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb would be “watched like a hawk” over changes to the service.
The public meeting at North Walsham Community Centre, organised by Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts, attracted nearly 100 people.
Other groups and organisations that were represented at the meeting were North Norfolk Against Cuts, Keep Our NHS Public and Unison.
It was held the day after local campaigners met with health minister Mr Lamb to hand over a national petition signed by more than 240,000 people as part of the 38 Degrees campaign.
The petition opposes the government’s section 75 plans to allow GP commissioners to open up every part of local health services to private companies.
After Friday’s meeting Mr Lamb said the coalition government had listened to concerns by agreeing to withdrawing and rewriting section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act.
Andy Cairns, secretary of North Norfolk Against Cuts, said at today’s meeting: “We need to keep up the pressure in order to make sure our NHS is fully funded.”
Richard Edwards, chairman of Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts, said people still supported and valued the NHS.
“We are here defending what was started in 1945 and we are saying to Norman Lamb and the other ministers we are watching you like hawks. If we can replicate this meeting across the UK and other communities I think the NHS can be saved.”
After the meeting Mr Edwards said the attendance showed the level of concern and fear about the “privatisation” of the health service.
Mr Lamb said today he expected the amendment would be written by early next week.
He added: “I want to make it crystal clear that groups will be able to decide when it is appropriate to tender services. It will reinforce the value of integrating services and co-operating between providers of health and social care.”
The Health and Social Care Act will create five new GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk from April 1, which will buy healthcare services from community providers.
Naturists are to be banned from a nationally-renowned Norfolk beach following complaints about anti-social behaviour committed in the area.
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