Southport campaigners to deliver ‘Stop Privatising Our NHS’ petition to Southport & Formby CCG Governing Body
38 Degrees Southport members plan to attend the next Southport & Formby CCG Governing Body meeting to deliver a petition with hundreds of local signatories, calling on the CCG to Stop Privatising the NHS. They have also submitted a number of question of the Governing Body to tease out information intended to raise awareness in the local community of the ongoing privatisation of the NHS.
Paul Bradshaw a spokesperson for 38 Degrees Southport said, we understand 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 are not intending to 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.
The Southport & Formby CCG meeting is scheduled for March 30th, 2016 commencing at 1pm at The Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport. We hope to present the petition immediately before the start of the meeting.
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