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'Failed' NHS strategy criticised

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.

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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

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