#Calderdale Council privatises School Nursing Service

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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4 thoughts on “#Calderdale Council privatises School Nursing Service

  1. And what will happen to those services, staff and private company Locala if the loose their main contract in the new year? Loss of services, redundancies (TUPE only works one way)
    But I will tell you now Locala will not loose that contract its a forgone conclusion. The CCG’s are hell bent on distorting the Trust.

  2. Very sad to see the Clinical Commissioning Group overseeing the dismemberment of our local health services. You wonder how they can sleep at night. A nice fat pay cheque does it I expect.

    • It was Calderdale Council who’ve dismembereed this particular bit of our NHS. Maybe it’s worth asking your Councillors how they sleep at night? Just a thought….

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