Friday, 13 November 2015

Community child health to be privatised in Wiltshire

"All community child health services in Wiltshire will be privatised under a five-year £64m contract with Virgin Care, it has been announced today (11 November)."

"Services are currently provided by the five NHS providers within the Wiltshire CCG catchment a set-up which NHS England, Wiltshire Council and the CCG believe blocks access to "consistent and equitable" levels of care and support."

"As a result, these services including, among others, childrens specialist community nursing, health visiting and speech and language therapy will be transferred to the private giant from April 2016..."

"Other professionals involved in the move such as NHS Englands director of commissioning and Wiltshire Councils two corporate directors are adamant that privatising services will ensure children receive the best possible start in life."

Importantly, they believe that the new contract will open up possibilities of joined-up working between health and social care professionals to lift standards of care and improve service access.

"In July, Virgin Care bagged a larger £130m deal to run child services in Devon. It competed with and outbid a consortium of Devon Partnership NHS Trust with charities Barnados, Young Devon and Interserve, as well as with Serco and Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust."

Just say the magic words: "The best possible start in life,` AND `Joined up working` and it justifies anything.

NHS is on a one way road to privatisation

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