GP's anti-Health Bill e-petition will be debated in parliament

A GP's e-petition calling for the Health Bill to be scrapped will be discussed in the Commons after debate was initially refused by MPs.

Dr Kailash Chand: 'I'm pleased for the 170,000 people who signed the petition.'
Dr Kailash Chand: 'I'm pleased for the 170,000 people who signed the petition.'

Manchester GP Dr Kailash Chand’s e-petition reached over 170,000 signatures last week but the government refused to discuss it in parliament.

Speaking at the TUC rally against the Health Bill on Tuesday shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: ‘170,000 people have signed an e-petition and yet the government has denied them a debate on this Health Bill.

‘This why tonight I am announcing that Labour will give them that voice with a House of Commons debate and Drop the Bill vote next Tuesday.’

Reacting to the news, Dr Chand said: ‘I think it's brilliant news. I’m not pleased for myself I’m pleased for the public and the 170,000 people who signed the petition.’

'The Bill will create both a postcode lottery and a tax code lottery.'

A Labour spokesman said that if Labour won the vote against the Bill on Tuesday, it would have a serious impact on the progress of the Bill.

‘It does carry some weight, the government would have to look seriously at the Bill.’

Dr Chand said that even if the Bill was passed he would continue to fight it. ‘The NHS is the closest thing this country has to a religion. I don’t think people will give up the fight,’ he said.

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