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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cambridge University Hospitals And Cambridge And Peterborough Foundation Trust Should Retain £1 Billion Contact For Older Persons Says Unions

Having met the bidders it is clear that the private sector organisations have no clear vision or experience in delivering such a complex set of services says GMB and Unite

GMB and Unite, unions representing NHS staff, support the Uniting in Care Partnership bid from Cambridge University Hospitals and Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust to retain services within the NHS and stop them being gifted to the private sector. This support is set out in a 15 page response to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Older People's services consultation.

The public consultation which closed on Monday 16th June sees widespread opposition from the public to the CCG plans which have seen almost £1 billion of services put out to tender in the largest contract in NHS history. The unions response criticises proposals which could see the privatisation of vast swathes of services across the county

Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Officer, said “We believe that this could be a watershed moment for the NHS, not just in Cambridgeshire but across the country as other CCGs and private sector organisations will be watching the tender with great interest.

Having met the bidders it is clear that the private sector organisations have no clear vision or experience in delivering such a complex set of services. Why the CCG embarked upon this costly exercise instead of investing in existing services and working with other NHS providers remains a mystery.

We have opposed the tendering process from the start and believe that even at this late stage the CCG could put a stop to the process and rethink before rushing into a decision which would almost certainly be detrimental to the community and the long term future of the NHS in Cambridgeshire.”

Ian Maidlow, Unite Regional Officer, added 'Vital services are being sold off without any support from the people of Cambridgeshire. Money that should be used to improve existing services will almost certainly end up in the pockets of private sector profit-making companies.'

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Contact: Steve Sweeney, GMB 07703 469403, Ian Maidlow, Unite 07768 931310 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

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