Failing hospitals should avoid private sector involvement - County

June 5, 2008 12:00 AM
Cllr Geoff Heathcock

Cllr Geoff Heathcock

Private sector involvement would not benefit failing hospitals said Lib Dem Health Spokesman Geoff Heathcock.

Following an announcement by Health Minister Ben Bradshaw, Cllr Heathcock expressed concern about potential involvements of the private sector in failing hospitals.

Cllr Heathcock commented:

"If a hospital is not doing well, selling it to the private sector is not going to do the trick. Failing hospitals need new Boards and new senior management to put them back on their tracks. They would also benefit from more involvement by the PCT and Strategic Health Authorities.

"This could be an opportunity to allow clinicians and nurses to make more decisions based on need and not based on cash.

"I would also encourage directly elected councillors on the Boards. They could challenge management and be accountable to their electorate. Bringing in the private sector would not help as much."

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