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PRESS RELEASE 13/02/2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
or Caroline Molloy 07931 302507
GLOUCESTERSHIRE PEOPLE POWER ON SHOW AGAIN
Summary: Last week, Thursday 9th February, a Gloucestershire resident discovered that his legal case heard in the High Court in London would not be answered by a defence. Instead, NHS Gloucestershire, the Defendants, agreed not to proceed with their plans to transfer of all nine of the county’s community hospitals and local health services out of the NHS and into a standalone ‘Community Interest Company’ (CIC) in an out of court settlement.
In the recent case, Gloucestershire health bosses had planned to transfer the county’s community health services, including over 3000 NHS nurses, physiotherapists, health visitors and podiatrists (1), out of the NHS on 1st October 2011. At 2.15pm in Court 19 of the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday, NHS Gloucestershire and Michael Lloyd issued a joint statement in which the Primary Care Trust agreed to withdraw plans to transfer hospitals, health clinics and services out of the NHS. They agreed to go back to the drawing board, to consult the local community and health workers about what they want, and to seek NHS options, which do not require a competitive tendering process (2). Maternity and prison health services were transferred to the Acute Trust (Gloucester and Cheltenham Hospitals) and the 2gether Trust (mental health services) last year, which campaigners argue indicates there are at least two possible routes to keep the rest of Gloucestershire's community health services in the NHS.
The joint statement marks the latest stage in a campaign that has involved thousands of people in protests, public meetings, petitions and fundraising (3). Campaigners have pledged to continue to work with health workers, unions and the general public in pushing for the services to remain within the NHS.
James Beecher, Chair of Stroud Against the Cuts said: “We’re winning, but we have not won yet. We will need to continue to work together as citizens and health workers, making our views known, and we will be organising a public meeting as soon as possible (4). We continue to collect signatures on our online ‘Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public petition (5). As Nye Bevan said, “The NHS will continue to exist for as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it”. We hope our local health services will more remain in the NHS, publicly owned and accountable, for many years to come.”
Caroline Molloy, a spokesperson of Stroud Against the Cuts, added: “We are delighted that options for community health services in Gloucestershire to remain within the NHS are now back on the table. This is what the community wanted. This outcome would not have been possible without the work and support we have received from the people of Gloucestershire”
Statements of support have been flooding in from members of the public, health staff and national figures (6), many of these are available on the Stroud Against the Cuts website: www.stroudagainstcuts.co.uk (7), along with further information about the case.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:36 )