We are pleased to tell you about another Social Liberal Forum event happening in the South Central region – “The Health and Social Care Bill: is it now good enough?”. The regional Liberal Democrat conference is taking place on Saturday 25th February in High Wycombe (http://southcentrallibdems.
org.uk/en/page/regional- ) and we have arranged a lunch time fringe event at the conference. Graham Winyard has a long history of working in the NHS (having been Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the NHS in England) and is one of the key names behind a petition launched by the Winchester Liberal Democrats (http://www.winld.org.uk/nhs- conference petition/ ) to drop the Health and Social Care Bill.
A recent online survey by LibDemVoice (http://www.libdemvoice.org/ nhs-bill-lib-dem-members-poll-) highlighted that of those party members who responded, opponents of the bill outnumbered supporters by 2-to-1. Some party members who oppose the bill feel that it could be rescued by abandoning some aspects or by major changes, while others feel it should be dropped altogether. How do we as party members influence our MPs and members of the House of Lords? Please join the debate at our fringe event.
We would particularly like to hear from people who work in the NHS about how you feel towards the bill and what impact it could have – contact us if you feel able to speak at the fringe about your personal experiences.