The dismemberment of our NHS proceeds apace.
On 7th January, the private community health care company Locala announced that Calderdale Council has awarded them two new NHS contracts in Calderdale.
The Council has taken away these contracts from our hospitals Trust, which is in the middle of serious financial problems. Faced with a year-end deficit of £4m, our hospitals Trust can ill afford to lose these contracts.
This will further destabilise the Trust, which is currently being investigated by Monitor, the NHS financial regulator and enforcer of “competition” in the NHS “market”.
From 1 April, Calderdale Council will commission Locala to take over the School Nursing Service and also offer a health input for the Youth Offending Team in Calderdale.
This means 23 Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust staff will be transferred to Locala.
The contract is worth £1.8 million over three years, with the possibility of being extended for a further two years.
Richard Palfreeman, Locala’s Head of Integrated Children’s Services, said:
“This is really exciting stuff and a huge boost for our School Nursing service.”
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