Musgrove 'expresses interest' in Weston General Hospital merger

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MUSGROVE Park Hospital in Taunton could be merged with the hospital in Weston, it has emerged.

The NHS announced yesterday today (June 4) that Weston General Hospital will merge with another NHS Trust, or be acquired by a foundation trust, within a 50-mile radius.

It comes after two years of uncertainty surrounding the hospital's future after bosses initially announced it was considering a private partner to help run it.

A spokesman for Musgrove said: “We work with many organisations across the South-West to make sure patients get the best possible experience from the NHS.

“When the announcement was made in 2013 that Weston was going through a procurement process we were one of a number of organisations that expressed interest in being part of the discussions.

"This remains the case and we await guidance from the NHS Trust Development Authority."

NHS trusts within the radius are invited to bid to merge or acquire Weston, with the preferred bidder expected to be announced in October.

Musgrove is one of those eligible to bid for the hospital, along with others in Bristol, Yeovil and Bath.

The move means Weston would join an NHS Foundation Trust and would share a board of trustees and aspects of management with the partner hospital.

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4:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

SocialistParty*SomersetBranch says...

"MUSGROVE Park Hospital in Taunton could be merged with the hospital in Weston, it has emerged."

QUESTION: WHY?

"The NHS announced yesterday today (June 4) that Weston General Hospital will merge with another NHS Trust, or be acquired by a foundation trust, within a 50-mile radius."

QUESTION: WHY?


"It comes after two years of uncertainty surrounding the hospital's future after bosses initially announced it was considering a private partner to help run it."

QUESTION: WHY?


"A spokesman for Musgrove said: “We work with many organisations across the South-West to make sure patients get the best possible experience from the NHS."

Hmmmm... The anonymous 'spokesman' should try telling that to the Cataract patients who suffered complications after a private firm's operations at Musgrove Park Hospital!



In their attempts to destroy the NHS the government has established local organisations under the guise of local accountability.

In reality these bodies are part and parcel of the privatisation and fragmentation agenda.

The most important are the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). They exist in every locality, are responsible for spending about 80% of the national NHS budget, comprise of local GPs and commission most NHS services.

It is they that are responsible for outsourcing medical services to private providers.

For example in Bracknell, when the NHS Minor Injuries Unit closed at Heatherwood Hospital, it was the CCG that commissioned a private provider to replace it.

Sometimes there could be a clear conflict of interest with GPs both commissioning services and being themselves providers of private services.

Another body is the Healthwatch (HW), which is meant to be the local independent, health watchdog on behalf of patients.

It is neither independent nor democratic. It is funded by the government via the local authority, although the money is not ring-fenced.

HW is commissioned by the local authority although the latter is responsible for public health, a clear conflict of interest.

In Bracknell the HW is supportive of all the government's reforms, including privatisation of dementia services.

In fact they castigated campaigners for demonstrating against the privatisation. So the people of bracknell launched Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch, which is democratic, accountable and fights against NHS privatisation and calls for openness and transparency in the NHS.

They recently organised a survey asking people what they know about these bodies. Early indications are that most people have never heard about them, yet they are the organisations running the NHS at a local level.

Mobilising the trade unions nationally to fight the government privatisation of the NHS is vital, but it is also important to build local struggles.

Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch have built a united front against the government policies, involving trade unionists, pensioners, anti-cuts campaigners, political activists and patients.

Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch think that to defeat the government we must first understand their strategy. While the local NHS bosses do not like us they have learned to respect us, after all we obtained 25,000 names opposing closure of our local hospital and they were forced to back off.

For more information or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
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"MUSGROVE Park Hospital in Taunton could be merged with the hospital in Weston, it has emerged." QUESTION: WHY? "The NHS announced yesterday today (June 4) that Weston General Hospital will merge with another NHS Trust, or be acquired by a foundation trust, within a 50-mile radius." QUESTION: WHY? "It comes after two years of uncertainty surrounding the hospital's future after bosses initially announced it was considering a private partner to help run it." QUESTION: WHY? "A spokesman for Musgrove said: “We work with many organisations across the South-West to make sure patients get the best possible experience from the NHS." Hmmmm... The anonymous 'spokesman' should try telling that to the Cataract patients who suffered complications after a private firm's operations at Musgrove Park Hospital! In their attempts to destroy the NHS the government has established local organisations under the guise of local accountability. In reality these bodies are part and parcel of the privatisation and fragmentation agenda. The most important are the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). They exist in every locality, are responsible for spending about 80% of the national NHS budget, comprise of local GPs and commission most NHS services. It is they that are responsible for outsourcing medical services to private providers. For example in Bracknell, when the NHS Minor Injuries Unit closed at Heatherwood Hospital, it was the CCG that commissioned a private provider to replace it. Sometimes there could be a clear conflict of interest with GPs both commissioning services and being themselves providers of private services. Another body is the Healthwatch (HW), which is meant to be the local independent, health watchdog on behalf of patients. It is neither independent nor democratic. It is funded by the government via the local authority, although the money is not ring-fenced. HW is commissioned by the local authority although the latter is responsible for public health, a clear conflict of interest. In Bracknell the HW is supportive of all the government's reforms, including privatisation of dementia services. In fact they castigated campaigners for demonstrating against the privatisation. So the people of bracknell launched Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch, which is democratic, accountable and fights against NHS privatisation and calls for openness and transparency in the NHS. They recently organised a survey asking people what they know about these bodies. Early indications are that most people have never heard about them, yet they are the organisations running the NHS at a local level. Mobilising the trade unions nationally to fight the government privatisation of the NHS is vital, but it is also important to build local struggles. Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch have built a united front against the government policies, involving trade unionists, pensioners, anti-cuts campaigners, political activists and patients. Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch think that to defeat the government we must first understand their strategy. While the local NHS bosses do not like us they have learned to respect us, after all we obtained 25,000 names opposing closure of our local hospital and they were forced to back off. For more information or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty*SomersetBranch
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