MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the news that the new combined acute, community and mental health services for elderly people will be run by the NHS.
Julian has been campaigning to ensure these services would be provided by the NHS rather than privatised and is confident the decision will lead to a smooth transition of care and a much more cohesive service, providing better healthcare to patients.
He spoke out after the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group decided today (Wednesday, October 1) to award the contract for older people’s services to Uniting Care – the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Trust and the Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust.
“I believe that Cambridgeshire’s health commissioners have made the right decision,” he said. “This service will provide care services for some of our most vulnerable people, and I believe that Addenbrooke’s and the mental health trust’s local knowledge and record of innovation will enable them to provide a better service than any private company ever could.
“I opposed Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Act because I want services to stay in the NHS, where the quality of health care is prioritised, whereas private companies have an obligation to generate a profit for their shareholders.
“Cambridgeshire has experienced these problems perhaps more acutely than any other part of the UK. Under Labour, vast sums of public money were committed to extortionate Private Finance Initiative contracts at Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City Hospitals, which continue to drain off tens of millions of pounds a year from NHS budgets. The £1bn contract to run Hinchingbrooke hospital, that Labour put out to the private sector, is still the biggest in the country, and was criticised by the CQC just this week for patient neglect.
“This is consistent with the picture nationally. In the 13 years that Labour ran our country; they increased spending on non-NHS providers from around £1 billion to almost £7.5 billion.”
“Our NHS was set up to provide care for all at the point of need, not as a money-making concern to give returns to investors. I am confident this decision to put elderly care in the hands of the NHS means patient care will remain the overriding priority.”