|Chorley NHS campaigners with others in Leeds|
Campaign group '999 Call for the NHS' were in Leeds High Court on 24th April for the hearing of the Judicial Review of NHS England’s contentious Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) contract. The challenge was that the contract’s introduction of a new payment mechanism is unlawful under current NHS and social care legislation and national tariff rules.
A message from 38 degreesThanks to everyone who signed the petition to stop the dismantling of the NHS and thank you if you made it to Leeds for the first Judicial Review on Tuesday 24th April .
If you couldn't get there, here are a few highlights.This Judicial Review marked the first of the legal challenges to the change from a National Health Service, to a Neighbourhood Health Service, (Simon Stevens' words I'm told), where the possibilities for postcode lotteries are magnified hugely and £22bn is being cut from the funding that would otherwise have been allocated by the Treasury by 2020.
Campaign groups from Chorley, Darlington, Dewsbury, Grantham, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, Slaithwaite, Stafford, and Oxford, to name but a few, plus concerned individuals, gathered outside the court for the rally and some went into court afterwards. We were all lifted in spirits by the wonderful choir.
The Slaithwaite story was of a success, showing that together we CAN make a difference.
There were more contributions than we can include here and thank you to all who sent stories and messages of support which were read out at the start.
Other stories are in the links...a speaker from where 999 Call for the NHS started, in Darlington, a Consultant from Leeds, and the struggle in Oxford.
Now we wait for the ruling. Find out more about the day in court here.
And please share with this link http://bit.ly/999JRreport
And also share the petition...https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-plans-to-dismantle-our-nhs
This is a huge challenge but together we ARE making a difference. We must fight for the NHS as a comprehensive service for all. Nobody will do it for us.
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Thanks for your part in this. We couldn't do it without you.