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Friday, December 20, 2013

Alarm Bells Should Ring As Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust Joins Forces With Optum For £1billion Nhs Contract Says GMB 

Why CCS NHS Trust sees Optum as a viable partner is not clear says GMB.

GMB responded to the announcement by Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust that it has entered in a new partnership bid with privateers Optum in the bid for the adult and older people's service contract currently out to tender by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) contract which is worth up to £1billion was put out to tender in April 2013 by the newly formed Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group following its failure to attain Foundation Trust status.

Optum is the new name for United Health UK, which had to be rebranded after posting losses for the 11th consecutive year and faced being wound up by their American parent company.

GMB is calling on members and the community to join the lobby of the Clinical Commissioning Group in Cambridge from 1 p.m. on Tuesday 7th January 2013, Masonic Hall, Bateman Street, CB2 1NA and send a message to 'Stop the NHS Sell-Off in Cambridgeshire.

Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Organiser said “This process becomes more farcical by the day. The rebranding of United Health UK followed on from it making a £8.2miliion loss and a 27% fall in turnover, the 11th loss making year in a row. This is hardly the sort of organisation that can provide stability and alarm bells are ringing.

GMB has said since day one that this bid could be a watershed moment for the NHS, with privatisation on a staggering scale. GMB have called for the process to be halted and this dangerous experiment put to an end.

Why CCS NHS Trust sees Optum as a viable partner is beyond me. GMB is carrying on the fight to defend NHS services in Cambridgeshire and across the country as the Tory policy of breaking up the NHS is starting to bite.”


Contact: Steve Sweeney GMB Organiser on 07703 469403 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.


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