Stroud Against the Cuts (SATC), through their “Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public” campaign, have scored a victory against NHS privatisation.
Responding to protests and legal action, the Department of Health has told NHS Gloucestershire it can give a non-tendered contract to a local NHS body as one of the options when commissioning the county’s primary health services. Previously DH had ruled out this option.
SATC immediately attended the first public meeting of the shadow GPs Clinical Commissioning Group, created by the Health and Social Care Act to take over the role of choosing which organisations provide local healthcare services from the PCT in 2013.
SATC called for a “genuine” consideration of NHS options to run the county’s nine community hospitals and nine health clinics, and will continue their public campaign, including among NHS staff, for this outcome.