Reacting to the announcement by Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group that the Addenbrookes consortium has won the contract to provide Older People’s services, Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner says:
I am delighted that Addenbrookes has won the contract – this will reassure patients who faced being guinea pigs in an unwanted trial, and reassure staff who have been understandably concerned about their future. But I am incredibly angry about the money that has been wasted on consultants, lawyers and advisers – which runs to many millions of pounds. All that money could have been better spent training much-needed nurses. After almost three years of uncertainty, we still end up with a less integrated service than we started with, because social care has been transferred back to the County Council. The CCG was forced to go out to tender because of the Health and Social Care Act imposed by Conservatives and Liberal Democrats – Labour will abolish it, and build genuine integration through co-operation, not competition.
Cambridgeshire health chiefs have confirmed that the process of tendering health services for older people in Cambridgeshire is costing millions of pounds of tax-payer cash. Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the Health Service Journal, Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group have revealed that the process so far has cost them over a million pounds. Earlier this year, Cambridgeshire Mental Health Trust admitted in a Freedom of Information request from Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner that they had spent over £70,000 on consultants alone.
All services for older people in Cambridgeshire could be run by Virgin Healthcare in a deal that will start just days before the next General Election and run for the whole Parliament.
The occupation of a building in Tension Road in Cambridge by service users worried about the future of Cambridge Complex Cases service has won national attention – and they were visited by Labour’s Shadow Health Minister Luciana Berger MP on Monday morning. She also met senior members of the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group's series of public consultation events came to Cambridge last night - but left more questions than answers according to Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner. Following a presentation at the Meadows Community Centre in King's Hedges, CCG representatives faced a barrage of questions from local trade unionists and residents over the groups bidding for the eight hundred million pound contract - with many expressing disappointment that there were no representatives from the groups present, and no detail on their plans.
Reports in the Guardian newspaper that the long-awaited move by Papworth Heart Hospital to Cambridge have been scuppered by the Coalition Government have been slammed by Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner. He accuses Conservative and Liberal Democrat health ministers of playing politics with one of the most cherished NHS institutions. Building of the new facility at the Cambridge Bio-medical campus is scheduled to start in just a few months time, but the Guardian reports that the Government has stepped in to consider a rethink, to help bail-out the financially troubled Peterborough Hospital.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have finally published details of their audacious plan to hand over key NHS services to private companies – and a Freedom of Information request has at last begun to shed light on how much it is all costing.
Cambridgeshire health bosses must start answering questions about their plans to dramatically reconfigure health services in the county says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner.
Labour shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has backed local campaigners in their bid to keep thousands of health staff in the NHS. Speaking at a meeting in Cambridge yesterday, Mr Burnham said that he believed that the local health service would be strengthened if staff at Cambridgeshire Community Services were integrated into the Addenbrookes hospital trust.