Jun 10th, 2014
NHS England: Come to the petition hand-ins
By Ali Torabi
Next Tuesday, 17th June, NHS England are holding open days across the country to talk about transparency.
Nearly 150,000 38 Degrees members have signed the petition calling on NHS England to be more transparent. But despite some important concessions, they still haven’t committed not to pay corporate lobbyists to write NHS policy.
Together, 38 Degrees members are going along to NHS England’s open days on Tuesday, to hand in a copy of our petition to NHS England bosses, and put real transparency at the heart of the conversation.
If we stand outside together, handing out leaflets to people going in, we can make sure everyone there knows about NHS England’s dealings with private companies. It’ll sound alarm bells with NHS bosses at the events and could push them to respond fully to our petition.
There are four events across England next Tuesday. Can you come along to one in the morning? Click on the buttons below for more details:
These events are supposed to be about “transparency”. NHS England say:
“Open House days are an opportunity for patients and the public to influence how NHS England delivers data, transparency, participation and digital services to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and citizens.”
As well as our huge petition, last month thousands of us wrote to NHS England head, Simon Stevens, asking for a meeting to discuss transparency. 38 Degrees members are still waiting for his response. So let’s bring our concerns straight to him and his colleagues at their own open day.
There’ll be someone from the 38 Degrees office team at each event. The plan is to meet outside the open day events on the morning of Tuesday 17th June, to give out flyers and badges to people going along to the events for a couple of hours. Then we’ll hand in our big petition to NHS England staff.
If you think you’ll have trouble paying for travel to these events, 38 Degrees could help with your train or bus fare. Please just email email@example.com to ask.
Not everyone will be able to get along to these big petition hand-ins. If you can’t make it, you could share your comments below: