The Efford Bill

A private member’s bill from Clive Efford (Labour MP) to repeal ‘competition’ sections of the Health and Social Care Act (2012) had a successful second reading in Parliament on 21st November. It is currently being scrutinised by a Public Bill Committee where it is in danger of being  ‘talked out’ or filibustered by Conservative members.

The bill has been seen by some as offering a useful interim step towards reversing the privatisation of the NHS before it can be fully protected by more extensive legislation. Others, however, find gaps and worrying contradictions in the proposed legislation. For a helpful analysis see https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/caroline-molloy/efford%27s-save-nhs-bill-does-it-do-what-it-says-on-tin.

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