Join BHDLP members and GMB activists at a protest outside a public meeting of the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioners Group.
Labour Party members will also be helping to collect signatures for the GMB petition.
A private firm has won the contract to provide Patient Transport in Sussex.
The GMB Union has serious concerns over plans by Coperforma to:
• subcontract Patient Transport to smaller firms;
• carry out their own Regularity Independent Governance and Compliance and Improvement Audits on the service they deliver;
• implement cuts to or to re-define eligibility criteria for the current transportation of renal patients to hospital for dialysis
In a press release, Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Officer and BHDLP member, writes,
“Unless reversed we will see services transfer to the winner of a cut price bidding process to deliver services across Sussex regardless of the adverse effects to both patients and public coming as a direct result of those cuts.”
“GMB want the public to make the joint Sussex CCG’s aware of the depth of feeling in just how poor a decision this is being made on our behalf, and by those entrusted to protect public health and NHS services and that they should be ensuring the continuation of the current professional NHS provider of the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) as the only safe option.”
“Corperforma’s plans will mean that a significant amount of those patients, some of who will certainly suffer from complex problems, may be susceptible to cross infection if forced to use public transport or taxis at a time of most need. So they will have to turn to an already overstretched A&E service to provide safe, clean and supported transportation to hospital as patients and family both have to deal with concerns over arising emergencies as a direct result of those cuts to the current SECAmb high standards of patient transport provision and welfare.”
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!