The ‘mass privatisation’ of NHS cancer services in Staffordshire has been suspended after worries it would be financially unsustainable.
The 10-year cancer contract should have been awarded by December, reports the Stoke Sentinel.The sell-off of £687 million of cancer services also faced a petition of over 70,000 people who wanted it stopped.
The sell-off has been put on hold because health bosses are worried it could go the same way as Cambridgeshire — where the privatisation of £800 million of elderly care in the county became financially unsustainable.
NHS chiefs now say the will be made until a review of what went wrong in Cambridgeshire had been completed.
UNISON warned in 2014 that only two NHS bidders were in the shortlist for the contracts. Another plan to sell off end-of-life care in Staffordshire worth half a million pounds has also been put on hold.
The petition opposing this decision said:
“This contract is an untried, untested 10-year-long experiment and we can’t let this happen. If our CCGs don’t pull out of this deal, our money will be profiting shareholders rather than improving care.
Let’s hope this puts the brakes on NHS privatisation across the country.