People from all walks of life joined together to fight the Health and Social Care Act that the government pushed through in 2012. And again we mobilised when the government introduced the Section 75 regulations which appeared to enforce competition throughout the NHS, contrary to government assurances.
Despite hard campaigning, we are left with an Act on the statute books that threatens the very future of our NHS and regulations that, regardless of a cosmetic redraft, are still forcing commissioners to put nearly every service out to tender.
The fight is far from over. Now is the time to regroup as we enter a new and important phase, as the anticipated intensifying of privatisation begins to kick in and as the austerity-induced funding crisis deepens.