LoveNHS is a coalition of NHS and Civil Society campaigning organisations and comprises:
Independent Sage members in an individual capacity:
Stephen Reicher, Wardlaw Professor of Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Kit Yates, Co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Bath
National Health Action Party
The 99% Organisation
Since 2021 the LoveNHS Coalition has been researching the Bill and its likely impact and has been campaigning for parliamentarians to oppose the Bill in its current form,
including by submission to the Bill Committee and by open letter to parliamentarians,
additionally signed by Stephen Fry.
Sign the Open Letter to Stop the Health and Care Bill
To write to your MP, please click this button:
to visit writetothem.com
Guidance For Writing
Firstly, please remember to be respectful and courteous
What to include in your letter – which can be as long or short as you like?
Most important: Ask your MP to Accept all the amendments that the House of Lords proposes to the Health & Care Bill.
If your MP voted FOR the Bill in the first round, also say how worried you are about it (see links below).
If your MP voted AGAINST the Bill, thank them and ask them to keep opposing it.
Talk about why the NHS is so important to you. Keep it personal.
Consequences? If your MP doesn’t oppose the Bill, say they will lose your vote. Tell them you won’t forget.
And remember, please be respectful and courteous, even while complaining.
Letter writing guidelines for Love NHS Campaign
We know that constituents can exert real pressure on MPs – the public outcries in favour of free school meals and on sewage pollution are testament to this. MPs do not like to feel that they have lost the support of their constituents and hence might lose their vote – particularly in marginal constituencies.
What works best?
When writing to your MP, be courteous and concise. A short letter which makes your points clearly will have greater impact than a long rambling letter.
Highly personalised letters have the greatest impact (either handwritten or printed and delivered by post or by email). MPs tend to largely discount ‘template’ letters.
What should be in your letter?
Your letter should ideally contain:
a heading which summarises your reasons for opposing the Bill (eg I want to keep the NHS safe and free at the point of use; the NHS saved my life; I want the NHS to be there for my children etc)
an emotional appeal – why the NHS matters so much to you / what it has done for you or your family in the past. This need only be a couple of sentences, but personal stories tend to have the greatest impact with MPs
the potential consequences for the MP if they support the Bill (ie that it will cost them votes at the next general election, including your vote)
the actions you wish your MP to take (ie to support every amendment made by the Lords)
Letters need to be signed by the individual and contain their address and postcode – MPs will ignore letters that do not come from one of their constituents.
Other Ways To Support
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 26th Feb
This will be the hardest winter ever in health and social care. We must act to safeguard services for patients and service users,
boost staff morale and tackle the mental health crisis among health and care staff. Emergency funds must be secured now to avert disaster.
Day of Action – SOS NHS – 26th February 2022 - SOSNHS.org/events