Unite campaign to halt NHS privatisation backed by thousands

Posted on August 28, 2009. Filed under: News stories | Tags: |

Healthcare Republic | 28 August 2009

Unite/CPHVA presented a letter signed by 3,000 NHS members to the DoH calling on health secretary Andy Burnham to halt the privatisation of the NHS.

It was presented by Karen Reay, Unite’s national officer for health.

The campaign is part of Unite’s Health B4 Profit campaign designed to preserve the NHS as ‘a publicly owned, publicly accountable, universal and comprehensive health service managed and run for the public good’.

Unite estimates that £20bn would be spent on creating the bureaucratic market infrastructure for privatisation.

Ms Reay said: ‘We are asking Mr Burnham to protect the heart and soul of the NHS in England and roll back these costly and dangerous plans.’

Mike Parish, chief executive officer of Care UK, the largest provider of healthcare services to the NHS, said: ‘Patients are benefiting from the increased choice that is coming from the introduction of additional providers of NHS services.

Waiting times are reducing, quality is rising and innovation is being stimulated by opening up the NHS to the real world of people being given choice.

‘The best way for the NHS to reconcile rising public expectations and constraints on public spending, is not to take away choice for the public, but to increase it. This will enable the NHS to deliver more with less and will safeguard the founding principle of care free at the point of delivery.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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