‘Drop the Health Bill’ e-petition ignored by MPs

Wednesday February 29th, 2012

MPs will not debate a petition to ‘drop the Health Bill’ that has been signed by more than 162,000 people.

The House of Commons Backbench Business Committee decided they would not dedicate any Parliamentary time to discussing the petition, which protests against the controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds, who took the petition to the committee, was told by MPs on the committee that the Bill had already been debated in Commons and that no Conservative member had supported the debate.  

The GP who started the petition, Dr Kailash Chand, told Publicservice.co.uk he was ‘very disappointed’ and questioned the validity of the government’s e-petitions process, which still labels itself as an ‘easy way for you to influence government policy in the UK’.

“This is an insult to democracy,” he said.

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