Staff unsure of their future with NHS

NURSES and other staff working for NHS community services in Yarmouth and Waveney do not know whether they will be working for the NHS or a private company in future.

NURSES and other staff working for NHS community services in Yarmouth and Waveney do not know whether they will be working for the NHS or a private company in future.

Because the government wants to introduce more competition into healthcare - which can include private companies delivering services - all primary care trusts are changing their structure. They are splitting themselves into a commissioning body, which organises and pays for health services, and a provider, which delivers services like district nursing, school nurses, health visitors, speech and language, prison dental and nursing services, and many more.

NHS Norfolk has already chosen to set up a community foundation trust, which will keep staff in the NHS. But NHS Yarmouth and Waveney has been told its community services are too small to set up a community foundation trust. The 500 staff will transfer to a new service but it is not yet known if that will be in the NHS or not. The trust is going to hold a procurement process where different organisations, including councils and private companies, will be able to bid to take over the services.


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