Saturday, 24 September 2011

Adopt a peer


Save the NHS, before it goes down the toilet. You know it makes sense.

I've done it. You can do it too!

You can email, but letter is better.

Here's mine. You can cut & paste too.

Dear Lord....

I am writing to you regarding the Health and Social Care Bill currently being debated in the House of Lords.

The NHS has provided care for myself, my family and my friends from the cradle to the grave. It is one of our proudest, most valuable institutions and it works. I strongly believe health and well-being, and access to healthcare should not be subject to privatisation nor linked with profit and competition. I think it would be a serious mistake to follow the USA's example and introduce the ethics of the marketplace into our healthcare system and would lead to terrible inequalities, at a time when the gap between the rich and the poor in this country is already at its greatest.

The Peers have an important role in safeguarding the National Health Service and I would ask you to consider these points:

    • The way each Peer debates and votes on the Health and Social Care Bill will have a major impact on our National Health Service.

    • The Bill contains clauses which could see taxpayers' money diverted into shareholder profits, and post code lotteries for treatment intensified.

    • The Bill removes the cap on the amount of private income a hospital can make, which could mean NHS patients pushed to the back of the queue.

    • Public satisfaction with the NHS is currently at an all time high.

    • Peers will be crucial in helping to secure a safe and sustainable future for our NHS.

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Taxpayer


  1. Disappointed. I thought you really meant it. I thought I'd get the Marquess of Chorlton-cum-Hardy delivered to my door in a nappy, already saying "Papa!"

  2. Urgh. What a thought.

    I'd adopt Tony Benn happily, but he's not a peer.