10th November 2012- 1-15 pm 0nwards.
Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX.
Peter Last WMPC- Chair of the meeting
Joe Morgan- GMB Regional Secretary
Dr Jacky Davis- NHS Consultants Association.
John Partridge- Unite Regional Assistant Secretary
Mary Locke- Unison NEC and Health Worker
Gail Adams- Head of Nursing- Unison- Chair of Mary Seacole Committee- Unison.
At the forefront of the Government’s plans to privatise the NHS will be local Clinical Commissioning Groups comprised of groups of GP’s. There are currently three proposed CCG’s in Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull Cluster- Cross City, Birmingham South and Central, and Sandwell and West Birmingham. There is a CCG for Coventry and Rugby, one for Walsall, Wolverhampton, North Warwickshire and a CCG for Solihull which even has it’s own website, There are others and most are offering differing forms of consultation, which are either proposed or taking place. Please telephone for further information. The full list can be found on the following website: http://www.westmidlands.nhs.uk/WhatWeDo/ClinicalCommissioningGroups.aspx
The CCG’s will play a major role in commissioning health services and will have a nationwide budget of billions of pounds at their disposal.They are tasked with developing Commissioning Plans and replacing the role of Primary Care Trusts.The CCG’s will have responsibility for commissioning or buying health and care services including non-specialist acute services, community services, and continuing healthcare, Mental Health and other important services.
The big move to privatisation is the requirement upon CCG’s to contract with any qualified provider’.
Influence over the CCG’s is therefore of paramount importance. Perhaps we could make contact through our branches and affiliated bodies to influence policy decisions and avoid privatisation?
The West Midlands Pensioners Convention really could make a difference and help preserve our NHS, but we must act quickly.
We have the knowledge, experience and the negotiating skills.
Meetings need to be convened to involve local people in campaigning to pressure their CCG’s to make changes to their constitutions. In Birmingham and the West Midlands- plus area, campaign groups need to meet and to make contact with their appropriate local CCG. A first step could be to obtain copies of their draft constitutions.They have a legal responsibility to consult. In some areas we may need to combine with other groups.
An important priority for the campaign as outlined to our Regional Council, is to explain to the public what is happening to their NHS and to get them involved in discussions with their CCG. Please discuss these issues in the relevant branches.
Perhaps we can trigger a debate at our important meeting on Saturday 10th November-1-15pm onwards at Carr’s Lane Church Centre. Birmingham. Who Owns the NHS? Full details can be found on our website.
Further details also included on the CENTRO/WMPC meeting arranged by CENTRO for 1.30pm to 3.00pm held on Thursday 1st November 2012 for consultation of pensioners problems on the Bus and Rail services within the West Midlands.
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