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MP John Denham aiming to bring down Health and Social Care Bill
PRESSURE is mounting on the Government as Hampshire politicians prepare to take action to bring down its controversial shake-up of the NHS.
As David Cameron chaired a summit at Downing Street and Health Minister Andrew Lansley faced a barrage of heckling from protestors, Southampton Itchen MP John Denham revealed his plans to derail the Health and Social Care Bill, which is reaching a critical stage in its passage through Parliament.
He will lead an army of health professionals and residents to voice their opposition to the plans at a rally on March 1 at the Sir James Matthews Building at Southampton Solent University.
It will be open for everyone who opposes the bill.
Mr Denham said: “No one voted for this Health Bill and it looks to me like no one wants this bill at all.
The list of healthcare organisations against the bill is growing every week.
“I’m holding this event to allow Southampton residents to send a loud message to David Cameron and Andrew Lansley – drop this damaging, unwanted and unnecessary bill.”
Grass roots Liberal Democrats are also plotting to help derail the bill with activists planning to pile the pressure on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the party’s spring conference next month.
Mr Tod, who compared the bill to a “dead man walking”, said: “We remain very concerned that the bill is incredibly complicated and disruptive at a time when the NHS needs to be saving large amounts of money.
“It has little or no confidence from the people who will be asked to implement it.”
Yesterday’s summit at Downing Street became a focus of anger after it emerged that critics of the bill, including the British Medical Association, had not been invited.
Mr Lansley was met with fierce hostility from protestors waiting outside, with one, June Hautot, 75, telling him: “I’ve had enough of you and Cameron.”