Campaign for NHS Reinstatement Bill

The Campaign is “asking candidates in the general election who want our vote to state publically that they will support a Bill in the Queen’s Speech after the next election in May 2015 which:

  • reinstates in England the legal duty of the Secretary of State to provide the NHS,
  • re-establishes local health authorities, and NHS England as a special health authority, to carry out the Secretary of State’s duty,
  • abolishes clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts,
  • re-establishes Community Health Councils to represent the interests of the public in the NHS,
  • allows private companies to provide NHS services as an exception, only if the NHS can’t and otherwise people would suffer.”

Possible cost savings

A new report issued in November by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges “has identified nearly two billions pounds worth of cost savings the NHS could be making if it provided more appropriate care in just sixteen areas of clinical practice.”

Duty of candour

A statutory duty of candour for all NHS trusts in England came into force on 27 November 2014.

Trusts must:

  • have an open, transparent and honest culture
  • be honest with patients when things go wrong, explain ad apologise

The obligations associated with the statutory duty of candour are contained in regulation 20 of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.