The Commons' Petitions Committee has announced that the Commons will be debating contracts and conditions in the NHS on Monday 14th September.
A post on the Commons Select Committee website stated that the Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered the e-petition relating to contracts and conditions in the NHS” on Monday 14 September at 4.30pm. This comes in response to a petition that received over 219,000 signatures and marks the first ever e-petition in the UK to be brought to committee debate. Petitions with over 200,000 signatures must be debated. The Chair of the Committee, Helen Jones MP, will lead the debate.
The announcement has sparked urgent lobbying to all MPs asking them to attend the debate and make the public's voice heard during the committee meeting. The NHS Survival lobbying platform has seen an upsurge in registered users writing to their MPs regarding the future of the NHS.
NHS Survival, who are calling for a Royal Commission on the NHS, said "We must use this Commons debate as a valuable opportunity to make an urgent point about the NHS - that we're worried about its future, that we want a safe NHS, properly staffed and fully funded. That all parties must get together, hear everyone's views and consider the evidence before further changes to the NHS are rushed through."
"You can write to your MP telling them about the debate, and asking them to attend to ensure a safely staffed, properly funded NHS using the simple and free lobbying platform provided by NHS Survival for registered users."