Monday, 25 January 2010
Privatisation of Bristol NHS
Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust is in the process of applying for Foundation Trust Status, which appears to be back door privatization. It is not only NHS Trusts that can become Foundation Trusts. Private company's like Bupa can apply to run services or even the whole of the Trust. Once they have become a Foundation Trust they could outsource some or all of their functions to the private sector. Now the Government are saying that having a Foundation Trust would be better for us (as they always know whats best) because we could become members of the Foundation Trust, have in input into Trust expenses and vote on who goes on the Boards of Governors. So there would be more accountability. Now as we all know the words 'Government', 'Expenses' and 'Accountability' don't really go hand in hand.