Motion that calls for ban on MPs accepting donations from private health firms and lobbyists also commits party to 100% public ownership of NHS – but party has blocked it via referral it to Starmerite NEC
Yesterday, Skwawkbox covered the decision of the Labour party to block a motion, put forward debate and a vote at its annual conference in Liverpool next month, that would require Labour to pass a law banning MPs from accepting donations from private health companies and lobbyists. Starmer’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves employs a private health lobbyist in her office – one who used to work in Starmer’s own office – and, along with right-wing Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting, has accepted large donations from donors with enormous private health investments.
But the party has also blocked a call, in the same motion, to bring the NHS out of the hands of privatisers and back into public ownership. The full motion, put forward by the Socialist Health Association (SHA) and at least three constituency parties, reads:
- 75 years of Labour’s National Health Service.
- the continuing provision by the Welsh government of a planned, publicly provided and funded NHS;
- Conference confirms its support for the 2022 Conference NHS Composite.
- Central to this is the elimination of the Tories’ corporate capture of NHS commissioning structures and service provision.
- Conference notes the disastrous deterioration in our NHS during 13 years of Tory misrule, in particular the failure to match the spending increases of the last Labour Government and the passage of the Health and Care Act (HCA), which fragments the English NHS into 42 Integrated Care Systems modelled on US market provision. Labour will abolish the HCA.
- Conference reaffirms Labour’s commitment to 100% direct employment of NHS workers and the total elimination of outsourcing. This will enable trade unions to secure fair pay and conditions for their members, whose selfless work during the pandemic has saved thousands of lives.
- The next Labour government will ban political donations from private healthcare corporations, their lobbyists, or those invested in private healthcare corporations. Labour and Labour MPs will not accept such donations.
- Conference therefore resolves:
- To repeal the Health and Care Act 2022 and to reverse all aspects of integrated care systems at the earliest opportunity;
- To fully renationalise England’s universal, comprehensive, publicly provided national health service with funding levels in line with the achievements of the last Labour Government.
Labour’s excuse for blocking this motion – about the reclaiming of the UK’s greatest public achievement from corporate barons and billionaires – is that it is an ‘organisational’ motion, a dodge usually applied only to purely internal party matters – downgrading the health and finances of the nation and the integrity of our politics to the same levels as whether votes are counted by hand at the party conference:
The manoeuvres to block the will of the party membership – which, like the overwhelming majority of the public, wants all public services to be returned to public hands – are as unsurprising as they are dishonest: Starmer campaigned to become Labour leader on a promise to renationalise the NHS, rail, mail, water and energy and then shredded those promises as soon as he had completed his con.
He and his cronies are unfit to run a tap, let alone a country.
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