Meanwhile Devon is putting it's services out to tender now (even though the bill hasn't been passed) and two of the tenderers are private companies. One, Serco, already has a record of putting people at risk locally - in Cornwall. A child is reported as dying when it's on call service suggested putting him to bed rather than sending a doctor. The other, Virgin Care, is already in a legal dispute with the NHS in Yorkshire. Apparently it feels an NHS organization underbid it - pardon me, I thought that was what this was all about. And if it's care service is anything like it's train service was after it took over the main national north west route, I'd be pretty worried.
Devon is not alone in having jumped the gun implementing the governments health changes before this bill becomes law. It's a visibly and extremely unpopular bill - with doctors, health professionals and patients - only the politicians seem to like it. In their manifesto the Conservatives had no mandate for this bill. What they actually said about the NHS before the election was that they wouldn't interfere by making big changes as there was a need for consolidation. But of course money is far more important to them than care.
If my son were still alive and one of these companies were taking over his service, I'd be very, very worried. For me care is much more important than money. On behalf of the people who need the NHS, I am very, very worried.
It's not 'their' NHS to sell off - it's ours.