PROTECT NHS CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN BRISTOL & SOUTH GLOS FROM PRIVATISATION

I am supporting the 38degrees campaign against the privatisation of children’s services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. I would expect expressions of support and apologies for absence to be welcomed.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-children-s-health-services-in-bristol-south-glos-from-privatisation

PROTECT NHS CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN BRISTOL & SOUTH GLOS FROM PRIVATISATION

To: Bristol CCG, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire CCG, South Gloucestershire Council, North Somerset CCG, North Somerset Council and NHS England

PROTECT NHS CHILDREN'S SERVICES IN BRISTOL & SOUTH GLOS FROM PRIVATISATION
5,072
of 6,000 signatures


Bristol
Campaign created by Nathan Williams


We are calling on the above named organisations to ensure that all the services within the Children’s Community Health Partnership (CCHP) including the Inpatient Adolescent Mental Health Service, continue to be provided together and within the NHS.

Why is this important?

NHS children’s community health services and the inpatient adolescent mental health service in Bristol & South Gloucestershire are in the process of being recommissioned. In the next few weeks the commissioners will announce their ‘preferred bidders’ to run a one-year interim service from April 2016 ahead of a decision about which provider will be awarded a longer-term ‘substantive’ contract. We know private companies are planning to bid to run these services.

There are two reasons why this campaign is vitally important:

Firstly, children and young people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire need to get the best possible care and treatment. This means having services which are integrated and can work together, provided by people who are interested in delivering top quality care, not making maximum profit.

Secondly, every time an NHS service in the UK is privatised we are a step closer to a US-style health system which would mean the end of free-at-point-of-need healthcare. The government has just proposed an inquiry into moving to a ‘pay NHS’ – further evidence that this government is not fully committed to a future publicly-owned health service.

We are a group of concerned local people, including service users and NHS staff, who understand how damaging the consequences of moving these services to a private provider could be. We think the principle of ‘people before profit’ in the NHS is fundamental in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the rest of the UK.

Join our campaign at

or search ‘Protect CCHP’ on Twitter for more information.

How it will be delivered

Petitioners will meet at the Bear Pit in Bristol from 12.15pm on August 26th and walk the very short distance to deliver the petition to the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. Please join so we can show them the strength of feeling against private companies running these services.

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