GMB Members From Cambridgeshire NHS Services Trust Lobby NHS Clinical Commissioning Group In Protest Against Potential Privatisation Of NHS Services
Cambridgeshire residents seems to be being used as a testing ground for NHS privatisation, firstly with the handing over of the running of Hinchingbrooke Hospital to a private company and now with the biggest NHS contract of its type to date in the UK being put up for grabs says GMB
GMB, the union for health workers, will be part of the lobby of the Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at its meeting from on Thursday 3rd September. GMB will be protesting at the potential privatisation of NHS services. The recent announcement that the current service provider, Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust has entered a partnership bid with beleaguered privateers Circle Health who run Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon and much derided outsourcers Capita has fuelled fears of privatisation. It is also believed that other private companies, including Serco, are lining up bids. More detail on the identity of the bidders will be announced at the end of the month.
The lobby will take place at:
TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER at
HINCHINGBROOKE COUNTRY PARK
The CCG Board Meeting is at 2pm, Kestrel Room, Hinchingbrooke Country Park.
GMB is part of a broad coalition of protesting organisations that oppose plans that could result in the privatisation of NHS services across Cambridgeshire. The 'Stop the Cambridgeshire NHS Sell-Off' campaign was initiated in a meeting last week with support from GMB, local health campaigners and other trade unions in the wake of the tendering of £1 billion of services by the newly formed Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The integrated adult and older people's service contract which is worth up to £1billion was put out to competitive tender in May 2013 by the newly formed Clinical Commissioning Group GMB members who work delivering the services that are being tendered, consider that this opens the way for the privatisation of vast swathes of the local NHS
GMB fears for the future of NHS services if they are transferred to the private sector. GMB is concerned about cuts to the number of jobs and the pay and conditions of the thousands of workers that are employed by the Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust.
Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser said, “Cambridgeshire residents seems to be being used as a testing ground for NHS privatisation, firstly with the handing over of the running of Hinchingbrooke Hospital to a private company and now with the biggest NHS contract of its type to date in the UK being put up for grabs.
The experience of the private sector does not bode well for the future of NHS services as profit is put ahead of people and efficiencies have seen job losses and services suffer. Whether it is Serco, Circle Health, Capita or Virgin does not matter.
The bottom line is that we oppose plans to privatise any NHS service. This is the bitter fruit of government policy. GMB have been campaigning against the proposals and will continue to do so. We must fight to defend our NHS like never before.”
GMB and campaigners have been collecting signatures on petitions in opposition to the privatisation of services and these will be delivered to the CCG at the lobby.”
Contact: Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser on 07703 469403 or GMB Press office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880 or 020 7391 6755