‘Sledge hammer on privatisation drum’

WH 261114 Anti-Bupa contract protest outside the CCG offices, Goring-by-Sea. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141126-180411001
WH 261114 Anti-Bupa contract protest outside the CCG offices, Goring-by-Sea. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141126-180411001

A PROTESTER has described the idea to hand over MSK services to Bupa CSH as ‘a big sledgehammer being banged against the door of privatisation’.

A large group of campaigners gathered outside a meeting of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at its HQ, in Worthing, last Wednesday (November 26).

Councillor Jim Deen said: “This is a big sledgehammer being banged against the door of privatisation.”

“It’s going to disrupt lots of other services in our hospitals and threaten the future of A and E departments.”

CCG’s governing body was blasted with questions from the campaigners during its meeting.

Many attendees were concerned the CCG would not have carried out the independent risk assessment which is currently being undertaken, had the public not so profoundly voiced its concerns about the possible risks to services.

Dr Katie Armstrong, clinical chief officer, said ‘the original timetable was really ambitious’ and it was only at the point of the decision to award the contract to Bupa CSH that the group decided further assessments would be needed.

She said: “It was the week after that we decided not to sign a contract until we were absolutely assured.”