In her letter to Jeremy Hunt, National Secretary for Health Christina McAnea expresses the union’s ‘grave concern and disappointment’ at the decision of NHS England to conclude contract discussions with Capita.
The contract is to provide primary care support services to the NHS in England for up to 10 years. It was advertised as worth up to £1billion but has been shrouded in secrecy.
An NHS England board meeting held a secret meeting before the general election at which it was agreed to recommend Capita be the preferred bidder.
As NHS England is an NHS arms-length board this proposed deal needs to be approved by the Department of Health and Cabinet Office.
Christina McAnea’s letter makes UNISON’s opposition clear and stresses the implications for the public in England if a huge private company has responsibility for patient’s medical records and screening services.
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