Petition to Bristol’s Clinical Commissioning Group on Mental Health Re-Commissioning

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January 28, 2014 by Protect Our NHS

Protect our NHS
Press Release
Tuesday 28th January

“Lengthy” petition to keep NHS services public

At One Thirty p.m. today (Tuesday 28th January), campaign group, Protect our NHS, is presenting a petition, signed by over 1,000 local people, to Bristol’s Clinical Commissioning Group (“CCG”) at its monthly meeting in The Vassall Centre in Fishponds, Bristol.

Residents of Bristol have flocked to sign the petition which measures over 10 metres in length – 681 signed petition forms, while an additional 460 people signed a similar petition on-line, bringing the total to 1,141.

Petition Text:

We, the undersigned, call on Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group to keep NHS services out of the hands of the private sector. This strategy should apply now, for example, when deciding which organisation should be given the contract for providing Bristol mental health services. In future, we ask you to follow the example of Western Cheshire CCG who voted unanimously on 18 July not to put community services out to tender (

The CCG should ensure the provision of a comprehensive, integrated, cost effective, and not for profit NHS providing high quality services, free at the point of delivery and not subject to EU competition law.

Dr Charlotte Paterson, a retired GP, and organiser of the petition, said:
“People are appalled that the health service is being opened up to private companies and can hardly believe that our local decision makers are considering whether to turn mental health services into a profit making service. Health shouldn’t be for profit.”

Co organiser, Hilary Saunders added:
“We have already experienced major problems with private health companies in Bristol – the abuse at Winterbourne View, the chaotic introduction of the 111 service and Care UK’s refusal to return the £2.7 million under spent at Emerson’s Green NHS Treatment Centre. We cannot afford to waste any more money on companies whose first priority is not to care for patients but to make a profit for their shareholders.”

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