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PRESS RELEASE: CRUNCH POINT ARRIVES IN LONG CAMPAIGN AGAINST LOCAL NHS PRIVATISATION

Friday, 12 October 2012 11:02 administrator
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CAMPAIGNERS URGE PCT BOARD TO HEED MASSIVE PUBLIC VOTE FOR NHS TRUST TO RUN LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES

Interview/Photo Opportunity: Monday October 15th, [campaigners from across Gloucestershire will attend an extraordinary board meeting and  respond to the decision on the future of Gloucestershire’s health services]. Contact: Caroline Molloy, Stroud Against the Cuts - 07931 302507

On Monday, October 15th, the Board of NHS Gloucestershire will hold an extraordinary meeting to decide whether Gloucestershire’s community health services will be run by an NHS Trust, or opened up to bids from the private sector.

This marks a decisive moment in Gloucestershire campaigners’ long running campaign to keep the county’s community hospitals, clinics and health services in the NHS.  Earlier plans to transfer Gloucestershire’s community hospitals, clinics and health services [1], to a “social enterprise” (a non-NHS body) on 1st October 2011, were halted in an eleventh hour legal challenge by retired railway worker Michael Lloyd, 76, from Stroud, in Feb 2012.

On Wednesday 10th October 2012, NHS Gloucestershire revealed the outcome of a public consultation, which they were obliged to conduct as part of the legal settlement reached with Mr Lloyd. NHS Gloucestershire state [2] that “During the 12 week engagement period, NHS Gloucestershire has received a significant level of feedback regarding the future management of its community health services. The overwhelming majority of respondents, from all groups, expressed a preference for Option 1 – the establishment of a new NHS Trust.” (emphasis added). Of 2,564 responses, 96% voted for Option 1, in addition to a petition of 6,530 signatures expressing support for Option 1.

James Beecher from Stroud Against the Cuts responded by saying “We would like to thank all those who completed the survey and who’ve helped the campaign get to this stage. We’ve always said that putting our health services out to tender was unnecessary and that staying in the NHS via a new NHS Trust was possible, popular, and appropriate.  We’re glad that NHS Gloucestershire has now made clear that this is a valid option and one for which, as they say themselves, support is “overwhelming”.”

Caroline Molloy from Stroud Against the Cuts added “Having established that both patients and staff want our NHS to remain in public hands, without tendering, that this is entirely possible, and the considerable disadvantages of going out to tender, it would be astonishing and irrational if the board instead opted for ongoing uncertainty and the risk of private take-over.  We urge the board to listen to the public, and to allow staff to get on with the job of looking after patients within the NHS.”.

The court settlement also required NHS Gloucestershire to survey NHS staff, and the report released on Wednesday [3] again states that their “overwhelming preference” is “to be a standalone organisation in the form of an NHS Trust”, with 1,482 staff voting for this option ( 91.03% of the responses).

The report also confirms that going out to tender would be a lengthy and complex process which could lead to services being split up, that a private sector takeover would incur additional costs which would have to be recouped in ‘efficiency savings’, and if this option were chosen, the ownership of hospital and health buildings would be transferred out of the NHS, to a company called ‘PropCo’.

Notes to editors:

[1] The services that are under discussion include eight community hospitals (Stroud, Cirencester, Dilke, Fairford, Lydney, Moreton, Tewkesbury, and the new Vale Hospital in Dursley) and nine health clinics (Beeches Green Stroud, Stonehouse Health Clinic, Cinderford Health Centre, Coleford Health
Centre, Lydney Health Centre, Hesters Way Healthy Living Centre, Holts Health Centre Newent, Lydbrook Health Centre, Symn Lane Clinic (Wotton-under-Edge)), as well as services such as District Nursing and Podiatry.

[2] For the report on the public “engagement exercise” see: http://www.nhsglos.nhs.uk/?wpfb_dl=2454 [1]

[3]     For the report on the survey of affected staff see:
http://www.nhsglos.nhs.uk/?wpfb_dl=2452 [3] 

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PRESS RELEASE: GLOUCESTERSHIRE PEOPLE POWER ON SHOW AGAIN

Monday, 13 February 2012 17:31 administrator
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Don't forget to keep signing our petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/keep-gloucestershire-s-nhs-public/sign.html

Below is our most recent press release. We're trying hard to keep this website up to date, but if you are a reading this as an employee of a media organisation, do email or call for the latest information.

 

PRESS RELEASE 13/02/2012                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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.

 
Click Read more for notes (1) to (7).
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Press Release: Transfer of NHS services to Social Enterprise halted, SATC says Keep services in the NHS

Friday, 30 September 2011 08:59 administrator
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Stroud Against the Cuts says: "Offering Gloucestershire's NHS services to a social enterprise opens those services to privatisation, it does not save them from privatisation. The legal action will open those services back up to the NHS.  NHS Gloucestershire can and should keep these services in the NHS and avoid any need for any tendering process."
 

A Full Press Release is available be clicking 'Read More' below. BBC Gloucestershire have covered the story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-15124270

You can hear an interview with Caroline Molloy of Stroud Against Cuts on BBC Gloucestershire Friday 30th September morning here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00kcfqj/Mark_Cummings_NHS_in_Gloucestershire/

Skip to 1:06:20 for the piece on NHS Gloucestershire and the legal challenge.

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PRESS RELEASE: NHS Services Escape Privatisation after High court Drama

Thursday, 09 February 2012 17:35 administrator
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PRESS RELEASE 09/02/2011 

NHS Services Escape Privatisation after High court Drama

Statement from Stroud Against the Cuts, one of the local anticuts groups that supported the case.

 

James Beecher from SATC said: "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 people of Gloucestershire wanted. This outcome shows what can be achieved, and gives the people of Gloucestershire, health workers and health unions the opportunity to continue to work together to defend our local NHS hospitals and services."

 

Caroline Molloy, also from SATC, added: "It will continue to be crucial for people to make their views known, and we will be organising a public meeting as soon as possible. We continue to collect signatures on our online petition. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us. 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 remain in the NHS, publicly owned and accountable, for many years to come."


Click Read More for contact information and the statement issued by Michael Lloyd and NHS Gloucestershire (or click here for the statement alone: http://www.stroudagainstcuts.co.uk/fightback/healthcarecuts/38-healthcare/110-joint-statement-from-nhs-gloucestershire-and-michael-lloyd-claimant-in-the-judicial-review.html).

 

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