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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Democracy has stopped Britain going to war - but can it save England's NHS?

We have just seen the importance of democracy in relation to matters of life and death overseas. We must restore it at home, too. 

Shout from the rooftops, Labour, save England's NHS!

Labour has a chance to show it’s serious about saving the NHS from death by a thousand privatisations.

The NHS: free and caring or a market commodity?

The Coalition government is treating the NHS "more like a failing bank than a public service," according to The Lancet

Who's responsible for our NHS whilst Hunt plays spectator?

Jeremy Hunt should stop playing yahboo politics and and restore his own legal responsibility to secure a comprehensive NHS, which last year's Act scrapped.

The NHS Reinstatement bill and explanatory notes - updated

David Owen's Reinstatement bill continues to be improved and the below shows the latest text of both the bill and the accompanying explanatory notes.

Changes to the NHS Reinstatement bill

The reinstatement bill continues to be improved and sharpened, including an important adjustment to ensure any international trade deal ro treaty would require parliamentary approval if legislating for the NHS.

Briefing paper - the NHS reinstatement bill

An explanation of what David Owen's new bill is trying to achieve and why it is needed

A bill to re-instate the NHS?

A new bill to reinstate the legal and democratic basis of the NHS in England has been laid before parliament in the House of Lords by David Owen. Here, to launch our new NHS section, Owen writes for openDemocracy on why it is both essential and urgently needed, to re-establish the principled public health service so valued by the English public.

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