“Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune, the cost of which should be shared by the community” Aneurin Bevan-founder of the NHS

Mental Health Recovery Service outsourced!

The North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) on behalf of and for the Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recently invited bids from private companies and voluntary groups to run a Community Mental Health Recovery Service for Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. Our campaign group tabled a Freedom of Information request to find out who had been bidding for your services but, we were met with the defence of ‘commercial sensitivity’ and we were refused the information.

We have since discovered, via a throwaway comment from a CCG member, that the charity MIND have been awarded the contract.

The aim is to run a pilot programme in the community which will now be managed by people who are seeking to provide a critical illness service outside of the NHS. The Health and Social Care Act (2012) allows for the fragmentation of our health service. In just 3 years £7billion of new NHS contracts have flooded the private health care market.

We believe this is a deliberate break up of our National Health Service and that it will lead to further services being auctioned off. Community groups, NHS campaigners, trade unions, patient groups, staff members and the general public are coming together to fight back against this destruction of our health service.

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