Petition Revoke the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and renationalise the NHS
Restore the responsibility of the Secretary of State to provide a comprehensive, integrated, publicly owned NHS free at the point of need.
The development of the NHS with the principle of free health care for all, has been the single most important development in modern politics. There are concerns this is being undermined by underfunding and the outsourcing of the provision of some health care services to private companies. This could result in a two tier system of healthcare where people receive different medical care.
This response was given on 11 May 2020
The Government is committed to a publicly funded National Health Service, free-at the point of use. We are considering legislative change to support the NHS and will bring forward proposals shortly.
The Government is, and always will be, steadfastly committed to a publicly funded NHS, free at the point of use, and is fully supporting the NHS as it faces unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
We are clear that patients should always be able to access the best possible treatments based on quality of care and value for money, not the type of provider they receive this care from.
Beyond the emergency response, the Government is also committed to helping the NHS continue to transform to meet the changing needs of our population. To do this, in January 2019, the NHS published a fully costed Long Term Plan (LTP), setting out how it would transform services and ensure the NHS continues to deliver a world-class service fit for the 21st Century. Delivering the LTP is a top priority for this Government, and to support this, we will provide the NHS with an extra £33.9bn per year, by 2023/24 - the largest, longest financial settlement in the history of the NHS.
The Long Term Plan sets out the NHS’ ambitions to provide more timely, joined-up care out of hospital, reduce pressures on urgent and emergency care, and deliver the fastest expansion in mental health services in the NHS’s history. The Plan will ensure that every baby will have the best start to life by improving maternity care, and we will improve outcomes for all major diseases through better prevention, detection, treatment and recovery.
To support integration strategically, from April 2021 all areas of England will be covered by Integrated Care Systems, allowing local NHS organisations to work alongside local government and other partners more closely than ever before, to plan and improve care for their populations.
The NHS has also published a set of recommendations for legislative changes that would enable the NHS to go faster and further in realising the ambitions set out in the Long Term Plan. These recommendations will cut bureaucracy and improve collaboration across the health service. We welcome the NHS’s leadership of this work, and all the input from people across the health and care system and the Government is committed to supporting the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan.
The Government is considering the NHS’s recommendations thoroughly and will bring forward detailed proposals shortly.
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