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Increase in lobbying against competition

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RCN Congress passed an emergency resolution to increase its lobbying to protect the NHS from further privatisation just hours before the House of Lords failed to annul the controversial section 75 regulations of the Health and Social Care Act, which cover procurement of NHS services.

Nurses' and doctors' leaders, warn Section 75 will mean NHS contracts will have to be put out to competitive tender, increasing costs unnecessarily and, turning the health service into a marketplace.

The move for annulment of Section 75 in the Lords was 'disagreed' by a vote of 254 to 146. At RCN Congress, 97.6 per cent of delegates voted in favour of the emergency motion.

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