Unite to campaign against latest privatisation plan for the NHS

Posted on June 10, 2009. Filed under: Press/News Releases | Tags: , , |

Unite | 2 June 2009

Unite is launching a campaign against the latest ‘patchwork privatisation’ of the NHS entitled Transforming Community Services (TCS).

TCS requires every primary care trust (PCT) in England to draw up plans by October this year to establish ‘provider’ organisations separate from their current commissioner roles.

Writing in the June edition of Community Practitioner, Unite’s lead officer for nursing, Barrie Brown, said that “the TCS mantra promotes the myth that any provider will be better than a PCT provider”, whether they are social enterprises, or third sector and private sector options.

“The TCS agenda does not recognise what NHS staff have achieved or the future risks of having a plethora of different primary care provider organisations.

“NHS productivity has improved when measured by the growth in quality and volume of the treatment and care. Quality and volume have exceeded the increase in funding.’

Barrie Brown said that figures published by the Office for National Statistics last month (May) demonstrate that productivity has grown by up to 1.6 per cent a year.

“Why should PCTs in England look outside the NHS to provide services that are delivered so effectively by themselves and their staff? I think we should be told.” 


For further information, please ring:

Barrie Brown, 07798 531 022; Karen Reay, national officer, health 07798 531 004; David Fleming, national officer, health 07798 531 013 or Shaun Noble, communications officer (health sector) 020 7420 8951 or 07768 693 940

Unite campaigns for end of privatisation of the NHS

Healthcare Republic | 9 June 2009

Unite/CPHVA has launched a campaign calling for the end of the privatisation of the NHS.A545C0E1-9919-FA31-D5B11DBAF1BB2CA8

Health B4 Profit appears to chime with the BMA’s anti-marketisation drive launched earlier this month.

Unite has published a report titled ‘The Patchwork Privatisation of Our Health Service’ which highlights how private companies with government encouragement are taking over swathes of the health service with adverse knock-on effects for patients and staff employment conditions.

Karen Reay, Unite’s national officer for health, said: ‘Reading this document should make anyone concerned about the future of the NHS very angry indeed.

‘The myth that private companies can provide better services than the NHS is a giant experiment based on a flawed ideology that is failing on a daily basis, while costing the taxpayer dearly.’



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