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The future of the NHS to be debated by MPs

27 January 2022

On Monday 31 January, MPs will debate a petition relating to the future of the NHS.

Purpose of the debate

Matt Vickers MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.

Renationalise the NHS, scrap integrated care systems, and end PFI contracts

The petition, which has more than 135,000 signatures, states: “We demand the Government restore England’s publicly funded, publicly provided NHS by reversing all privatising legislation, ending ongoing PFI contracts, and scrapping plans for Integrated Care Systems and for-profit US-style ‘managed care’.

In response to the petition, provided on 23 December 2021, the Government said: “The government has been steadfast in its commitment to the guiding principles of the NHS which mean the NHS is not and never will be for sale to the private sector.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

Further information

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