Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board – Act Now
Write a Short Letter to Your Local Newspaper
The following information is provided by the WeOwnIt ‘Public services for people not profit’ organisation which campaigns against privatisation and for 21st century public ownership.
Your local NHS leaders are currently planning a reorganisation on the 1st July resulting from the Health and Care Bill which gained Royal Assent on Wednesday 27th April. There is no better time than now to make sure they put patients before the profits of private companies.
Please read Integrated Care Systems: What it means for you? before you take action and send short letters to the Chair of your new Integrated Care Board and local newspapers. This is a really easy and straightforward action. All the information you need is provided below.
Guidelines for writing your letter
1. Keep your letter simple and short. The ideal length of a letter to your local paper is 150 words. You can make it shorter if you like. The shorter your letter is, the easier it is for your local paper to find space for it in their ‘Letters’ page.
2. Your letter must have a clear named target. In this case, your target is the Chair of your local Integrated Care Board.
3. It must be clear in your letter what you want your target to do. You want them to ban people who work for private companies making decisions in the local NHS and stop private companies extracting profits from money that should go to helping people.
4. Your letter should give some background to give it context. This helps the public understand why you are writing your letter and why you are writing it now.
5. Give your letter a personal angle. It helps if you mention a personal reason why this is important to you. Do you, your family or friends work in the NHS? Has the NHS saved your life or that of a member of your family? A personal angle helps encourage newspapers to publish it.
Steps for sending your letter
Step 1: Your new Integrated Care Board is the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board.
The Chair is Lena Samuels she has not yet publicly committed to ensure that the local NHS will work for people not private profit. Her address is:
Ms Lena Samuels
Chair of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board
Step 2: Write your letter using the template below as a guide
Step 3: Send your letter to your local papers:
Subject: Letter to Editor – name of news outlet
Sentence 1: Mention that the Winchester Labour – Health and Social Care Campaign Group has brought to your attention that local NHS leaders are currently planning a reorganisation on the 1st July resulting from the Health and Care Bill which gained Royal Assent on Wednesday 27th April.
Sentence 2: Tell them you believe that the Bill opens the door for private companies to make decisions in the NHS and for them to extract huge profits from money that should go to helping people.
Sentence 3: Tell them you believe that the Bill gives the Chair of the new board of directors overseeing your area the power to rule out any of this happening but they have not committed to doing this.
Sentence 4: Tell them why you care.
Sentence 5: Say something nice about the NHS and those who work in it and say this why we must protect this national treasure.