Government must adhere to long-term plan and keep NHS contracts public, says UNISON

The health secretary must ensure government policy is in line with the NHS long-term plan and keep contracts worth millions in public hands, says UNISON today (Tuesday).

Commenting on Labour’s call for Matt Hancock to block private companies from winning NHS contracts worth more than £128m that are currently out for tender, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“The recently published long-term plan makes the case for moving away from competition and markets in the NHS.

“There’s now an overwhelming consensus that the much-hated Health & Social Care Act has caused untold damage to the health service.

“The government must show it is serious about bringing about a more collaborative NHS by moving decisively away from the failed privatisation policies of the past.

“The NHS can ill afford to squander its already stretched resources by paying private operators to carry out work that’s better delivered in-house.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk

Anna Mauremootoo T: 0207 121 5555 M: 07903 870786 E: a.mauremootoo@unison.co.uk