Attached below is a letter which we ask you to consider signing. It is addressed to the Liverpool Shadow Clinical Commissioning Group. Under the new Health and Social Care Act, adopted by Parliament in the teeth of widespread public and medical opposition, the job of deciding what NHS healthcare will be available locally is now the responsibility of CCGs rather than the Primary Care Trusts which will be abolished next April. Most of the CCG members are doctors, who are trained to diagnose and treat illness in their patients, rather than to evaluate public health data for the city or to manage huge budgets. They are likely to seek advice from private sector Commissioning Support Organisations, and then to choose the private sector to provide some services and make a profit.
The NHS was created to provide universal health care, free at the point of need, funded by taxation, publicly owned, publicly provided, and publicly accountable. We want to let Liverpool CCG know the feelings of patients, health professionals, trade unions, and health campaigners and to encourage them to adopt a pledge to protect our NHS.
If you agree with the letter, please let us know as soon as possible, and we will add your organisation or individual name, to the list of signatories.
Thanks in advance,
Keep Our NHS Public Merseyside
c/o News from Nowhere
96 Bold Street
Liverpool L1 4HY