Aylsham

Protesters lobby new healthcare group

Just Regional
Apr 18, 2013 2 mins read

Protesters confronted members of the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group at its first public meeting in Aylsham.

By Patrick Prekopp

The group – North Norfolk Against the Cuts – demanded the newly-formed CCG “stick with the NHS and not tender out services to private companies”.

The CCG was formed in April this year as part of the NHS re-organisation responsible for planning healthcare services.

Andy Cairns, secretary of NNAC, told the meeting at the Aylsham Care Trust Centre that there was great public concern over the involvement of private companies in the NHS.

“If you start opening doors to private contractors, you will get a situation like we have with opticians, dentists and care homes,” he said.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, CCG chairman and Stalham GP, said a large part of NHS services was already provided by private contractors.

“The group includes five elected GPs, two practice managers and a registered nurse who have worked most of their lives in the NHS,” he said.

“Our aim is to have a closer relationship with the community, particularly clinicians.”

Asked why  no response had been made to a 1,300-name petition opposing private involvement in NHS services, Rebecca Champion, CCG engagement manager, said points made in the petition  had not been a basis for consideration in the strategy report.

“We were asking different questions to the petition,” she said. “And the strategy report was produced by an independent company who are not here to answer this point.”

The protest was part of the anti health privatisation campaign co-ordinated by NNAC which has included a lobby of local MP and health minister Norman Lamb and a rally in North Walsham.

 

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