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Labour's Jon Wheale calls for no change to cancer services

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 20, 2014

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CAMPAIGNERS will gather to promote opposition to the privatisation of cancer services in Staffordshire.

Members of the Trades Union Council of East Staffordshire will be joined by Jon Wheale, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for the area, as they man a stand outside Coopers Square shopping centre in Burton.

They will be urging people to sign a petition against a move by four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire to put their cancer services out to tender. East Staffordshire CCG had been part of the tender, but pulled out to pursue its own contracts.

The group fears that privatisation could lead to charging for services.

Mr Wheale said: "There are very serious concerns that these changes represent a massive threat to the full range of NHS services, including those at Burton's Queen's Hospital, by putting profits before patient care.

"The incremental dismantling of the NHS is not something I want to see – health care free at the point of delivery should be available irrespective of where you live."

Thousands of union members have already signed the petition, he added.

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  • Comrade  |  July 21 2014, 11:32PM

    Is this a serious proposal? Telling someone that they have cancer but then on the same token that they have to pay for treatment themselves. Surely we all have more of a heart then to make someone pay for their misfortune of having a cruel disease such as cancer.

  • mattlong  |  July 20 2014, 4:10PM

    Well said Jon Wheale. I'm right behind you on this one. Privatisation does indeed open up the possibility that people will be charged for cancer treatment. Most people will be alarmed and even appalled by this prospect. What we need to work towards is linking our work on mental health with wider health service issues such as the above. We will surely see a coalition of protest groups coming together to make their collective voice alot louder. We're now up to 60 people booked in for Tuesday's mental health discussion event at Café Zen at 1.30pm. Great to see some Conservative supporters who told me they are coming too to this non partisan event.