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Bidders For £1B NHS Contract

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cambridgeshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Announce Names Of Ten Bidders For NHS Services Contract

We would not trust Care UK, Capita, Circle, Interserve, Serco, Virgincare and United Health to run a bath let alone NHS services says GMB

Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG has announced the long list of the bidders for the integrated adult and older people's service five year contract in Cambridgeshire.

the bidders are 1. Albion Care Alliance, 2.CPFT/Addenbrooke's (NHS bid), 3. Capita with CCS and Circle Health, 4. Care UK wit Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trusts, Norfolk Community Health and Care and United Health, 5. Interserve with Central Essex Community Services, 6. North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (NHS bid)7 Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, 8. Serco, 9. United Health UK 10. Virgin Care Ltd.

Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser, said “It is simply staggering that some of these companies have even managed to get through the Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire.

The fact that some of these organisations made it through the pre-qualification stages asks serious questions about the robustness of the process. Some of these organisations are alleged to have been involved in fraudulent activity in other contracts and I would not trust most of them to run a bath, let alone NHS services.

The firms on the list looks like a rogues gallery of private sector vultures, many of whom have a less than glorious role in delivery of public service contracts. The fact that there is not many bids from the NHS means that privatisation of the services is now a very real danger.

The 5 year contract, worth £1 billion has been slammed by many, including the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP who described it as 'the most audacious sell off to date'.

GMB has been campaigning against the proposals since they were announced. Last week at a CCG Board meeting we asked for the tendering process to be stopped

This sets a very worrying precedent for the future of the NHS not just in Cambridgeshire but across the country. The selling off of these services could be a watershed moment for the NHS. Cambridgeshire should not be used as a testing ground for government policy and privatisation.

GMB is asking the public to join us in the campaign, to lobby the CCG and come to Manchester to demonstrate at Tory Party Conference.”

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Contact: Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser on 07703 469403 or GMB Press office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880 

 

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