Doctor sets up 'one click' page to email MPs about NHS

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  • 1Dgaf 12 Mar 2012 12:38:48 4,188 posts
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    EDIT:

    Just so I'm not misleading anyone, he's a history PhD. It was pointed out to me but I should have read the right-hand side of his website here it's mentioned. I don't think that invalidates what he's doing, but it's important for context.




    I found this quite useful. A doctor has set up a page where you can email and tweet peers and MPs. You have to do each one individually, but as long as you're logged in to Twitter or email, the text will be filled out for you; all you need do is click the button.

    I've been doing it and I hope you will, too. We're in terrible trouble if we end up with an American style system - i.e. no system at all.

    Help save the NHS

    Edited by 1Dgaf at 18:34:46 12-03-2012
  • mal 12 Mar 2012 12:44:06 24,181 posts
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    Couldn't you just use WriteToThem? Depends if you've got a meep who tweets I guess.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 12 Mar 2012 12:53:28 42,396 posts
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    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.
  • MetalDog 12 Mar 2012 12:53:33 23,928 posts
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    I'd like to inform the rest of Sutton that our Lib Dem MP is backing the NHS reforms, but I'm unsure of how to go about it without getting arrested.
  • 1Dgaf 12 Mar 2012 12:56:32 4,188 posts
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    Thanks for posting to the link to Write To Them; I've not used it before, so I'll stick with the option I posted.

    Metal

    Why would you be arrested? Or are you joking? Find the twitter account of local paper and radio stations, perhaps.
  • Dirtbox 12 Mar 2012 12:56:43 81,868 posts
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    DDevil wrote:
    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.
    The biggest kicker is that those who wouldn't be impacted as harshly wouldn't save a penny by this going ahead.
  • 1Dgaf 12 Mar 2012 13:02:00 4,188 posts
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    I can't find a link, but a private healthcare company was paying customers off to go back to the NHS when they needed particular treatment. Cheaper for the company. So the NHS has to do the work and the company still makes cash.

    Terrible.
  • MetalDog 12 Mar 2012 13:02:34 23,928 posts
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    I'm pretty sure the local paper is mostly used to line birdcages. I don't think we have a local radio station.

    The easiest way of spreading the word about town would be posters, but that would be fly posting. Maybe handing out leaflets would work? Or can you get nicked for leafleting politically without sanction?
  • 1Dgaf 12 Mar 2012 13:07:02 4,188 posts
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    This is an article about Cameron and his disabled son. I imagine it would easy to have a knee-jerk reaction against the article, but I think it makes some good points.

    http://sturdyblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/we-need-to-talk-about-ivan/
  • MetalDog 12 Mar 2012 13:25:39 23,928 posts
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    I could print up posters and ask the local newsagents to stick them up? That might work. Pretty sure it's legal. Maybe worth getting nicked over anyway, hey.
  • oceanmotion 12 Mar 2012 13:42:53 16,403 posts
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    Since doctors etc. seem against this, is all that is needed to crush it, mass public outcry or do the Tories really not care as they will get voted in next term anyway?
  • Psychotext 12 Mar 2012 13:47:22 57,517 posts
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    oceanmotion wrote:
    Since doctors etc. seem against this, is all that is needed to crush it, mass public outcry or do the Tories really not care as they will get voted in next term anyway?
    The principal players have too much money to make / potentially lose on the deal. The contracts have been signed, and it's going to happen whether the rest of us like it or not.
  • MetalDog 12 Mar 2012 14:01:46 23,928 posts
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    All the more reason to bury them, politically.
  • agparrot 12 Mar 2012 14:23:49 11,902 posts
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    DDevil wrote:
    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.
    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'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 [link=http://abetternhs.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/ldconf">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)
  • Phily50 12 Mar 2012 15:24:33 2,309 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    I'd like to inform the rest of Sutton that our Lib Dem MP is backing the NHS reforms, but I'm unsure of how to go about it without getting arrested.
    Is that Tom Brake?
  • MetalDog 12 Mar 2012 15:27:59 23,928 posts
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    @Phily50
    It's Paul Burstow.
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