The Guardian reported that the U.K. is gauging a health bill amendment that seeks to block the National Health Service (NHS) from procuring medical equipment originating from world regions at “serious risk of genocide” on March 20.

The Health and Social Care Bill passed the House of Lords on March 3 by 110 agree. The House of Commons will likely consider it in the week beginning March 28.

Lord David Alton, who proposed the bill, said, “The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) tells us it is not appropriate to address genocide in a health bill, but not only is there a specific and huge issue centered on NHS procurement – very much a health department issue – but genocide is not a narrow departmental matter; it is something that every department in government needs to address.”

According to The House, the U.K. ordered billion personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic, with 24.1 billion coming from China, including 10.7 billion gloves.

Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani told The Guardian: “I hope the government will take ownership of this important initiative. It is awful to think that PPE we have been wearing through this pandemic may have been made by Uyghur forced labor.”

Ghani showed his opinion that they must keep the NHS away from being involved in the atrocities against Uyghur people, adding that the amendment was “a proportionate and reasonable way of keeping the U.K. away from it.”

Along with imposing a mass withdrawal from China in healthcare, the amendment may also create a procedure by which the government would be required to review locations throughout the world for “serious risk of genocide” and make their findings public.

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