Yorkshire news Outrage over plans to privatise parts of York Hospital A&E MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - A petition has been set up by the York MP Rachael Maskell, who called the plans 'ill-conceived and poorly timed'
Breaking News ! A petition has been set up against the "ill-conceived and poorly timed" plans to privatise parts of York Hospital's A&E department. Members of staff at the hospital are also enraged by the proposals to outsource some aspects of care provided by its Emergency Department. To get the latest email updates from North Yorkshire Live, click here. The aspects, which have been said to include initial assessment, streaming and minor injury care, could be outsourced from York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust to Vocare. York MP Rachael Maskell said that while previous proposals to embark on this route were put on hold, the trust is now pursuing this privatisation. The Labour MP for York Central has written to the Health Secretary, Trust, Commissioners of the service and Vocare, concerning the plan, and has launched a Parliamentary petition for residents in York. She said: "The Royal College of Emergency Medicine clearly states that Emergency Departments should decide who is treated in Emergency Departments, not third party or private organisations." In response, the hospital trust has said that Vocare has been operating parts of the hospital's services for a number of years and assured staff that their contracts would not be taken on by the company. Rachael Maskell, the Labour MP for York Central (Image: www.rachaelmaskell.com) In their response the trust said that "there is now a requirement for a more integrated approach to minor illness and minor injury". Ms Maskell said that the plans to outsource some of the services as the country eases out of the current lockdown were "irresponsible". She said: “Staff do not want to see these changes go ahead as it will be detrimental to maintaining staff skills and clinical supervision, as has been seen elsewhere where these measures have been introduced. “NHS staff do not want to work for private companies, and where this has been modelled elsewhere, they leave the service to go back into the NHS elsewhere, leaving recruitment issues. Read More Related Articles York council tax bills are going up by £69 this year Read More Related Articles Dozens line the street to say emotional goodbye to Sheffield NHS worker Jenny Stone “This plan is ill-conceived and is in the interests of no-one except the profit-making company which is to gain from this move. Further, a new Government White Paper is seeking to re-organise the NHS, so to embark on a process now, instead of waiting to see what the outcome of this process are makes no sense at all. It is time that the NHS managers focused on catching up with the backlog of appointments and treatments that thousands of people in York need, rather than disrupting clinical services at this crucial time.” The petition set up by Ms Maskell has so far received over 1,500 signatures in less than 24 hours.
. The group has been reported saying: "We wish to inform the public of York about this potential arrangement and indicate our opposition to it. “For organisations such as Vocare, the ability to make a profit will always be a driver to the care that they provide. We are concerned that this will mean that Vocare will seek to reduce costs in areas such as training for staff, the complexity of the cases they are prepared to see, and the time allowed for each consultation. Enter your postcode to find your nearest vaccine centre
“This will mean that the quality of care provided for patients presenting with urgent care needs and with minor injuries to York Hospital will be diminished.” Staff are also reportedly concerned that Vocare will eventually take over their contracts of employment, meaning that they will no longer work directly for the NHS. To view the petition click here. In response, Dr James Taylor, Medical Director for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said that Vocare has been working at the hospital alongside the emergency department providing the minor illness service and GP out of hours service, which has been the case for several years. Dr Taylor said: "The Trust provides the minor injury element of the service.
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“As NHS guidance on Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) has evolved over time, there is now a requirement for a more integrated approach to minor illness and minor injury, and to support the ability for patients to be directly booked in to appointments via NHS 111. “The Trust and Vocare have agreed to continue to work together to ensure that York has a fully compliant UTC that best meets our patients’ needs. UTCs are seen as one of the ways of reducing overcrowding in emergency departments, ensuring that our emergency department staff are available to see the patients with the most urgent need, and that patients are seen in the right place by the right clinical staff. “We know that staff have raised concerns that there may be plans for their employment to be transferred to Vocare. There are no plans to do this. As is the case now, staff employed by the Trust will continue to work jointly with Vocare staff to deliver the service, and we are working with Vocare to establish joint governance arrangements. The streaming of patients on arrival into the emergency department will continue to be managed by the Trust’s clinical staff. “As well as the existing relationship with York Hospital’s emergency department, Vocare also runs the UTCs at Scarborough Hospital and Malton Hospital, as well as a number of other services on behalf of the NHS.”
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