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Stop the privatisation of George Eliot Hospital
Mike O’Brien is the Labour Candidate for North Warwickshire and Bedworth. He is a former Health Minister and is leading the campaign against the privatisation of the George Eliot Hospital. The Government has decided that the George Eliot Hospital Trust cannot become a Foundation Trust and therefore Ministers say it must either merge with another Trust or find a “partner” to run it. The government this week decided that the partner can be from the private sector.
Interest in making a bid to take over the running of the hospital has been shown by three companies: Circle which took over the first privately run NHS at Hinchingbrooke in Cambridgeshire last year, Serco which runs some private prisons and Care UK which runs some private care homes for the elderly. There is also possible interest from NHS Dudley and from South Warwickshire NHS Trust.
The NHS should be a public service where hospital managers put patients first, not profit. Money spent on the NHS today could go into dividends for shareholders, if Ministers get their way and private companies run the George Eliot Hospital. This decision has put our local hospital at the cutting edge of privatisation of the NHS.