NHS bill eligible for new parliament debate after 100,000 sign
The drop the NHS bill campaign has reached the minimum number of e-petitions required to force ministers to debate it in the Commons.
The government's controversial NHS bill is now eligible for a new debate in parliament after a campaigner's e-petition gathered support on Tuesday at the rate of more than 1,000 signatures an hour.
With more than 100,000 signing up, GP Kailash Chand's appeal calling on government "to drop its health and social care bill" has been boosted by support from celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Oliver.
The internet round robin has also been backed by digital campaigners – known as clicktivists – at 38 degrees.
Once it crossed the 100,000 threshold, ministers have to consider the issue for debate in the Commons.
"I wanted people to get a simple message. This bill is about privatisation. Do you want to drop it?" said Chand, who described the surge in support as a "Valentine present to someone who loves the NHS".
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