Stephen Hawking is taking authorized motion in opposition to Jeremy Hunt in a bid to forestall the privatisation of the NHS.
Prof Hawking introduced his choice to hitch the combat in opposition to the Well being Secretary on Facebook on December eight.
He mentioned: “I’ve determined to hitch Dr. Colin Hutchinson, Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor Sue Richards and Dr. Graham Winyard in bringing a authorized motion in opposition to the Secretary of State for Well being, Jeremy Hunt, and NHS England, to cease the introduction of accountable care organisations (ACOs) with out full public session and parliamentary approval.
“I’m involved that ACOs assault the basic ideas of the NHS.
“The NHS have to be shielded from those that wish to privatize it.”
He additionally posted a link to a video published on the Royal Society of Medicine website, during which he declared his unwavering help for the NHS.
The 5 claimants are searching for a judicial evaluate to cease Jeremy Hunt and NHS England from introducing business, non-NHS our bodies to run well being and social companies.
These non-NHS our bodies could be known as ‘Accountable Care Organisations’ (ACOs), an idea conceived within the US about twelve years in the past.
They’d be ruled by firm and contract regulation and will take ‘full duty’ for NHS and grownup social companies.
ACOs are being imported into England though they aren’t recognised in any Act of Parliament.
In a second statement on the campaign website, Hawking mentioned: “I’ve been fortunate to obtain first-rate care from the NHS.
“It’s a nationwide establishment, cherished by me and thousands and thousands of others, and which belongs to all of us.
“I’m becoming a member of this authorized motion as a result of the NHS is being taken in a route which I oppose, as I said in August, with out correct public and parliamentary scrutiny, session and debate.
“I’m involved that accountable care organisations are an assault on the basic ideas of the NHS.
“They haven’t been established by statute, and they look like getting used for lowering public expenditure, for slicing companies and for permitting non-public corporations to obtain and profit from important sums of public cash for organising and offering companies.
“I need the eye of the folks of England to be drawn to what’s occurring and for individuals who are entrusted with duty for the NHS to account overtly for themselves in public, and to be judged accordingly.”
The campaigners are crowdfunding to pay for the authorized motion in opposition to Jeremy Hunt. To date over £30,000 has been donated.
You’ll be able to donate to help them reach their £144,000 target here.