Hospital closure clause: we did it!

7 May 14

Some very, very good news. We did it! The government has accepted our amendment to the hospital closure clause in the House of Lords. Without our amendment the hospital closure clause would have given the government new powers to close any hospital in England, even...

Hospital Closure Clause: briefing for Lords

25 Apr 14

Baroness Finlay, a well-respected crossbench peer and doctor, has proposed an amendment to “clause 119” of the Care Bill. If enough Lords support her amendment, then it could be enough to stop Jeremy Hunt’s dangerous hospital closure clause from becoming law. Earlier this week, 38...

Hospital Closure Clause: an ambitious plan

22 Apr 14

Over the last week 38 Degrees members have been voting to decide our next move on the campaign to protect our hospitals. Together we’ve decided to throw everything at stopping the hospital closure clause – to keep our hospitals safe. The hospital closure clause is...

NHS Hospital closure clause: Petition hand-in

10 Mar 14

This afternoon, 38 Degrees members’ 159,000 strong petition was handed in to former health minister, Paul Burstow MP. He and other government MPs should be in no doubt now that the hospital closure clause (Clause 119 of the Care Bill) is a dangerous attack on...

NHS: What is the Hospital Closure Clause?

20 Feb 14

What is the Hospital Closure clause? Health Minister Jeremy Hunt is trying to quickly change the law to make it much easier and faster to close local hospitals and A&Es without any proper consultation of local people. This comes off the back of him losing...

Lewisham: an incredible victory

31 Jul 13

Incredible news. A few hours ago, we got the verdict in the court case against Jeremy Hunt which 38 Degrees members helped to pay for. It’s the result we’d all hoped for: the judge ruled that Jeremy Hunt acted illegally. He’s been ordered to scrap...