According to campaigning website 38 Degrees, who have paid for independent legal advice,
"The Secretary of State’s legal duty to provide a health service will be scrapped. On top of that, a new “hands-off clause” removes the government's powers to oversee local consortia and guarantee the level of service wherever we live. We can expect increases in postcode lotteries – and less ways to hold the government to account if the service deteriorates.The NHS remains a central plank of the Tory agenda, and the attacks on it are a source of anger for working class people all over the country. A defeat for the government over these proposals would give a massive boost to the campaign against their cuts, job losses and privatisation.
"The NHS will almost certainly be subject to UK and EU competition law and the reach of procurement rules will extend across all NHS commissioners. Private health companies will be able to take new NHS commissioning groups to court if they don’t win contracts. Scarce public money could be tied up in legal wrangles instead of hospital beds. Meanwhile, the legislation lifts the cap on NHS hospitals filling beds with private patients."
Unison and the TUC have put out a call to health union branches across to country to organise protests and vigils. In London, Unison and the TUC have called a candle-lit vigil at Parliament at 9.30pm on 7 September. The Health Worker Network, Keep Our NHS Public, Right to Work and Unite the Union are organising a demo at 6.30pm on 7 September to dovetail the TUC event and provide a chance for health workers to attend. It will march from St Thomas’ hospital on Westminster Bridge Road and march across the bridge to Parliament.
London Keep Our NHS Public is hosting an emergency London-wide mobilising meeting tonight at 7pm to co-ordinate building the demo. It is at Camden Town Hall. The London Health Worker Network will meet at 6pm in the same venue, and join the mobilising meeting at 7pm.
In Cornwall there is a 'debate' on the bill tonight at 7:30pm in St. John's Hall in Penzance hosted by Andrew George MP who is on the Health Select Committee. George's leaflet says "if the Bill is not changed for the better, he will vote against the government when the Commons debates it on 6th and 7th September". This is good news but we need to hold him to account and ensure he keeps his word.