Observations Lobby Watch

Keep Our NHS Public

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6528 (Published 11 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6528
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}googlemail.com

What is it?

Keep Our NHS Public was founded in 2005 by the NHS Consultants’ Association, the NHS Support Federation, and the pressure group Health Emergency. It is co-chaired by the campaigning obstetrician and gynaecologist Wendy Savage and is committed to fighting the privatisation of the health service (www.keepournhspublic.com/index.php).

What is it doing now?

As the Health and Social Care Bill started to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 11 October, Keep Our NHS Public was urging opponents of the bill to “adopt a peer” and write to or email them with their concerns. A link on the group’s website leads to a Trades Union Congress service that randomly matches individuals with peers. This enabled critics of the bill to lobby for support this week for a demand by the peers …

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