Same here, and what is more depressing is how many of the GPs I interact with regularly are also against this particular health bill. They aren't necessarily against some form of changes to or within the NHS, but the way that the commissioning part of this bill has been drawn up certainly seems to be specifically going to allow medical companies to cherry-pick the 'profitable' patients, with there then being no clear plans in place for what happens to all those patients that perhaps don't require services that are profitable or easy to provide.
I'll be doing this tonight. I've already signed the epetition. On a personal level my family will be financially impacted a great deal if this went ahead.
I've spent a fair bit of time with epetitions and I've used WriteToThem regarding the bill, although my MP is Conservative, so that felt a bit like pissing into the wind.
Can't believe quite how much the LibDems seem to be deluding themselves over the changes they think they've made to the bill to make it better. I also think that politically it's too late to actually do anything about changing the bill, given the (warning: potentially left-leaning web link) apparent deep and wide ties between various people in government, and those people who stand to make the most money out of the NHS bill.
This is more an issue of the NHS than a party political one, for me. It isn't about sticking the knife in to the predictably tory Tories, or the surprisingly tory LibDems over their actions with regards to this bill, but more about how the bill essentially threatens to deconstruct that founding principle of free healthcare for everyone. That said, I can't see how the LibDems can retain any sort of credibility as a political entity after this and the welfare reform bill, both of which they seem happy to sign up to.
Perhaps they could just change the bill a little bit to say that anyone who signs to pass it agrees to no longer be entitled to private healthcare, as a mark of how sure they are that NHS treatment won't be affected in any negative way. Like when that dude who said he was confident about CJD fed his daughter a burger.
Edited by agparrot at 14:24:24 12-03-2012