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NHS Overhaul Crisis Meeting

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7:01am 4th February 2012

Cornwall is asked for its say on the controversial NHS health bill.

Union reps, doctors and politicians are in Bude later.

They are explaining what the shake-up will mean if it comes into force.

Unison claims the changes are so complex we cannot understand them.

Spokeswoman Chris Dayus says, "The public haven't been given a proper opportunity to get to grips with the changes being made to the health care system, nor do we think it's been presented in an easy to understand format.  This will give them the chance to ask me and the other panel members about what's coming and what it really means to them and their families.

"I will be telling them that UNISON has grave concerns about the changes which could be made to our health care system as a result of the Health and Social Care Bill.  UNISON has always said that this Bill under this Government would result in the privatisation of the National Health Service and let's face it, private business are ultimately run for profit not for the overall good of the health of the nation.  Sadly we are being proven right, as this week we've seen the first private company take over of an NHS hospital, Hinchingbrooke.

"We're really concerned about private companies taking over NHS hospitals and other NHS services.  If they fail, much like RBS, the public sector and ultimately the taxpayer will have to come to the rescue or patients and the local community will suffer.

"Although we may understand the changes, we don't understand the necessity for many of them, and believe that this bill will end up damaging the NHS".

7:01am 4th February 2012

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