GMB To Lobby CCG Meeting In Ely On 3rd December Over Withholding Of Key Information From Public And Union In Cambridgeshire NHS Tender
No discussions with the bidders as to where the burden falls if the successful bidder runs into financial difficulty which is not an academic issue as events with Southern Cross care homes shows says GMB.
GMB, the union for NHS workers, plans another lobby of the next meeting of the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting at 1pm on 3rd December in Ely. This is over how the tender for the Cambridgeshire Integrated Older People’s Pathway and Adult Community Services contract is being handled.
GMB want to lobby the meeting to tell Clinical Commissioning Group that the tendering process should be stopped with immediate effect as it has now clear that key information relating to the service tender has been withheld, exposing the lack of transparency in the process and highlighting the secrecy and lack of any meaningful consultation. GMB established the total secrecy via a Freedom of Information request.
The contract which is worth up to £1billion was put out to tender in April 2013 by the newly formed Clinical Commissioning Group following the failure to attain Foundation Trust status.
Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Organiser, said “At a recent meeting of the Cambridge and Peterborough CCG, GMB were shocked to hear that there had been no discussions with the bidders as to where the burden falls if the successful bidder runs into financial difficulty, nor whether profits will go back into services or to line the pockets of shareholders. This is not an academic issue as events with Southern Cross care homes showed.
GMB is concerned that information is being kept from the union and the public in what is the largest procurement process in the NHS to date. This makes a mockery of Tory claims that there is not an agenda privatise our NHS and their mantra of 'no decision about me, without me' is nothing more than Tory lies.
GMB believe that the tendering process should be stopped with immediate effect and have previously led on calls to halt the process.This is because the latest developments in this tender process are farcical.
The CCG should remember that the NHS belongs to us, not private companies that they claim to be trying to protect through withholding key documentation. This seriously damages the integrity of the process and it is appalling that GMB have had to submit a FOI request to obtain information that should be in the public domain.
This is the largest potential privatisation of the NHS to date. It is simply staggering that weeks out from the shortlisting stage the CCG have yet to discuss who will foot the bill if the successful bidder runs into trouble, nor whether profits will find their way to shareholders pockets.
My guess is that once again the public will be bailing out the private sector who are trying to enrich themselves off the back of our NHS. The CCG must halt this process and end this shambles before it is too late."
Contact: Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser on 07703 469403 or Warren Kenny, GMB senior Organiser on 07843 632394 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921