Online Petitions DO work
38 Degrees, the campaigning organisation, has just announced – “Some very, very good news. We did it! The government has accepted our amendment to the hospital closure clause in the House of Lords. Without our amendment the hospital closure clause would have given the government new powers to close any hospital in England, even if local doctors were against it.
The clause was voted through by MPs back in March, after the government made some concessions. Their changes didn’t go far enough, but it seemed like the government wouldn’t budge any further.
However, the government’s decision to accept – almost word for word – the changes proposed by lawyers funded by 38 Degrees members came right down to the wire. “Our people powered pressure worked and our hospitals are now safer. Thank you for everything you’ve done to make this happen”.
David Lock QC, an NHS expert lawyer, checked the government’s changes and says: “This is a very satisfying outcome. It recognises the compelling logic of the position taken by 38 Degrees members.”
However, using their usual steam-roller tactics, it seems that whatever Government tries to improve NHS services, no-one consults patients’ organisations, to see if an overall change might be to everyone’s benefit. What usually happens is some big-wig announces that ‘such-and-such hospital/NHS facility/medical centre will be closed down (to save money), and never looks at the bigger picture. So local patients spring to action, when sensibly talking through various actions might sometimes be more beneficial to patients. firstname.lastname@example.org