Cut and pasted from an email from the 38 Degrees team:
On Monday (19 March) afternoon, the House of Lords starts the final voting on the NHS changes. An influential crossbench Lord, Lord David Owen, has agreed to deliver the Save Our NHS petition. He will carry it right into the House of Lords chamber, just before the debate starts.
The petition bears the names of over half a million of us. It speaks of our fears for the future of our NHS: services broken up, creeping privatisation, money diverted from patient care. These are the kind of risks which could be in the government's risk report. But the government still won't publish that report, despite legal orders to do so.
During Monday's debate, Lord Owen will call a vote blocking the NHS changes until the risk report is published. Our petition will remind Lords that the public care about these risks to the future of our health service. It could persuade some wavering Lords to vote the right way.
It's quite a long shot, to be honest. The government seems determined to ignore everyone's concerns and force things through. But incredible things can happen even this late in the day – it's definitely worth a try.
You're one of the 500,000 names already on the petition. But the bigger it is, the more powerful our message to the Lords. So please can you ask everyone you know to sign the petition by Monday morning?
As the Lords gather to decide whether or not to press on with changing the NHS without knowing all the risks, let's send them a reminder. Let's remind them that across the UK, hundreds of thousands of us know what it feels like to arrive at a hospital or a doctor’s surgery, tired, sick or frightened for someone you love. And that we know how much we rely on our NHS in those situations to give us the care we need.
Each name on our petition is a reason for the Lords to think twice before gambling with the future of our NHS. It will show them that although we all know the NHS isn't perfect, we know that it's pretty amazing. It will remind them that when we talk about risk registers, we're talking about threats to a health service which is the envy of the world.
Thanks for being involved.
Raks's Says - This petition is way more important than the Undershaw petition. The future of the NHS is in your hands. Please help us put up a fight to save it - the NHS is worth fighting for and worth saving.