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Unison leader slams Staffordshire healthcare plans

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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A UNION leader has accused health chiefs of conducting a 'dangerous experiment' with plans for cancer and end-of-life care in Staffordshire to be managed by private firms in deals worth £1.2 billion.

Health chiefs across the county have teamed up with experts from Macmillan Cancer Support to overhaul the way services are managed, with 10-year contracts worth £689 million and £535 million up for grabs.

However, Unison assistant general secretary Karen Jennings, voiced serious concerns about the proposals.

Miss Jennings, a former nurse, said: "This is beyond a dangerous experiment – it's treacherous, a privatisation too far even for this Government.

"We are not talking about peripheral services."

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