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Unison: Report highlights 'high price paid by locals'

Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health said the report needs to "serve as a warning" over the "dangers" of NHS franchising.

Unison warned from the start that selling Hinchingbrooke off to a private company was the wrong cure for its problems. In just one year some of our worst fears are coming true, and the much-hyped savings that many claimed would be delivered are not materialising.

She added that other trusts around the country were "struggling from bad PFI deals", and that patients may have to pay the price.

This report will make worrying reading for local people and for health workers. It reveals the high price paid by local people when bad decisions are made about NHS services. The lessons must be learnt to avoid these issues happening again.

– Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health

Read: Report criticises Department of Health for failed NHS strategy

'£26 million a year for next 30 years' to keep trust afloat

An independent committee has accused the Department of Health of making "catastrophic" decisions over the decision allow a new hospital in a city, while a private firm was being hired to run another one 24 miles away.

According to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust had accumulated a deficit of more than £45 million by the end of 2011/12.

The trust's financial position is now so serious that, even if it achieves challenging annual savings, it will still require significant financial support of up to £26 million a year for the next 30 years to remain viable.

– Stewart Jackson, Conservative MP for Peterborough, and a member of the committee

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Report criticises Dept of Health for 'failed' NHS strategy

A report has criticised the Department of Health for the decision to build a new hospital and award a franchise to a private firm to run another one a few miles away.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, run by Circle Healthcare Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

According to the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the decision left two hospitals whose financial viability and future was in doubt.

Read: Privately run hospital racks up large deficit

They added that there had been a lack of oversight in building a private finance initiative (PFI) hospital in Peterborough and allowing Circle Healthcare to run the nearby Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

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Man dies after skydiving crash at aerodrome

Parachute landing area at Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Parachute landing area at Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Credit: PA

This is the parachute landing area at Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, where one man died and another man was seriously injured after they collided while skydiving.

Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITN
Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITN
Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITN

British Parachute Association investigating collision

Inspector Kate Scott at Cambridgeshire police said officers were called to the scene of the skydiving collision near Peterborough at 3.42pm by the ambulance service to "reports of a mid air collision involving two parachutists".

The incident is being investigated by the British Parachute Association.

– Inspector Kate Scott at Cambridgeshire police

All emergency crews worked very hard together to try to save the life of one of the men involved but despite the best efforts of crews he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We wish the second casualty all the best for a good recovery.

– East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokeswoman

Skydiver dies in mid-air crash near Peterborough

One man has died and another is in a serious condition after they crashed while skydiving, the ambulance service has said.

Emergency services went to Sibson, near Peterborough, just after 3.30pm on Saturday, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said.

In spite of EEAST and air ambulance crews' efforts to save one man's life, he was pronounced dead at the scene, a spokeswoman said.

Another man, in his late 20s, suffered serious spine and leg injuries and was flown to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he arrived in a serious but stable condition.

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