Socialist Worker

Unions stop health privatisation in Tower Hamlets

by a Tower Hamlets health worker
Issue No. 2191

The threat to privatise community health services in Tower Hamlets, east London, has been stopped by union opposition.

Managers at the Primary Care Trust wanted the trust to become a “not-for-profit social enterprise”. Staff said they already worked for the best not-for-profit organisation­­—it’s called the NHS.

An angry “drop-in” meeting for staff and by the opposition shown the unions surprised management.

The plans have now been dropped and the Trust will remain in the NHS and our confidence to fight future cuts has been boosted.

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