Sixty seconds on . . . the NHS BillBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1517 (Published 16 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1517
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
What? Another bill on the NHS?
This is a private member’s bill sponsored in the UK parliament by the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. Backed by health service campaigners, it aims to reverse Conservative NHS reforms and stop the “creeping privatisation” of the service over decades by Labour and Tory governments.
So, will the NHS go back to how it was before Andrew Lansley, the former Conservative health secretary, got his hands on it?
Extremely unlikely. Few private members’ bills—those put forward by backbench MPs—get anywhere unless …