Southport campaigners to deliver an updated ‘Stop Privatising Our NHS’  petition to Southport & Formby CCG
Following a ‘Day of Action’ in Southport town centre to raise awareness of a local NHS privatisation threat,  38 Degrees Southport members plan to  send an updated ‘Stop Privatising Our NHS’ petition now signed by over 1100 Southport residents and visitors,  to the Southport & Formby CCG.

Paul Bradshaw a spokesperson for 38 Degrees Southport said, “We are trying to get ahead of the CCG’s short listing in late April, which could see the NHS hospital provider excluded from bidding for the Community Nursing Services contract.  West Lancs CCG at its meeting in February already excluded the existing NHS hospital provider from the tendering process for community nursing services, we are trying to ensure Southport and Formby CCG does not follow suit.

It is totally unacceptable for the existing publicly owned NHS hospital not to be allowed to bid for a Public Health Service. Awarding the contract to private health care providers will introduce a ‘profit culture’ which can only result in reduced services or skills capability in the longer term. This would be detrimental to the health of our townspeople and will lead to a fragmented and disjointed service.

Non-inclusion of the NHS hospital in the bidding process is a game changer, it changes the current NHS Privatisation by Stealth to NHS Privatisation by Design.  We are not going to let this go unchallenged.

Anyone wishing to add their name to the petition before it closes can do so at the 38 Degrees website: ”


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