Union urges MPs to back NHS as 'preferred provider'

MPs are being urged to write to health secretary Andy Burnham giving their support to the NHS as 'the preferred provider' of health services by union Unite/CPHVA.

Mr Burnham: 'The NHS is our preferred provider.'
Mr Burnham: 'The NHS is our preferred provider.'

The union is arguing against the outsourcing of NHS services.

Karen Reay, Unite national officer for health, said: ‘We are deeply concerned about the future impact on the quality of services when they are broken up between competing organisations, rather than a future of integrated, co-operative working.'

Rachael Maskell, Unite's national officer, said: ‘When the NHS was founded in 1948, it was recognised that the role of charities was best served by ‘adding value' to support services - not actually delivering them, as this compromises their ability to be advocates for improvement.

‘Services will be completely vulnerable with regards to their financial stability due to the short-term contract culture. Lives could be put at risk in what could be an unstable market place with ‘revolving door' contracts every few years. Charities are the Trojan Horse for privatisation.'

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