“The NHS has been one of the UK’s greatest achievements and for almost 70 years it has provided a cost effective, universal health service. Yet this has been eroded.
“I believe the Health and Social Care Act 2012, forced a commercialised model on the NHS in England as the first thing it did was remove the duty on the Health Secretary to provide services throughout England. In effect this makes commercial tendering virtually compulsory.
“The result is billions of pounds of NHS money and thousands of health services put out to commercial tendering, removing scarce resources from the system and putting them into the private sector instead.
“The aim of today’s Bill is to force the issue into the open, and allow debate on what I consider as a momentous failing to society.”
He said: “In writing this bill, we are reinstating the founding principles which made the NHS. These have been eroded and they will not be restored unless Parliament passes a law to do so.”
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