Wales protects NHS from privatisation

Plans to reform NHS bureaucracy in Wales will mean that the service is 'ringfenced' from the privatisation tide threatening the health service in England, according to Unite/CPHVA.

Edwina Hart (Photograph:Huw John)
Edwina Hart (Photograph:Huw John)

Unite/CPHVA welcomed the statement by Welsh health minister Edwina Hart that the Welsh Assembly Government plans to streamline the NHS local health boards from 22 to seven.

Steve Sloan, Unite/CPHVA’s lead officer for the health sector in Wales, said: ‘The reforms now taking shape, which we welcomed when they were first floated last summer, herald the prospect that there is a coherent strategy for the future of the NHS in Wales as a whole.

‘It will mean that the privatisation agenda that is gathering apace in England and threatens to erode services there won’t cross Offa’s Dyke. Wales will be ringfenced from the excesses of the privatisation experiment.’

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