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To: Bristol CCG, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire CCG, South Gloucestershire Council, North Somerset CCG, North Somerset Council and NHS England


UPDATE - 12/01/15 - children’s community health services and the inpatient adolescent mental health unit in Bristol have, for now, been saved from privatisation!

This is a massive victory for both NHS services in Bristol and the rest of the country. It shows what can be done when service users, staff, members of the public and councillors and MP's work together to hold the public bodies who make decisions about our NHS to account and let them know what we want for our health services.

We are calling on the above named organisations to ensure that all the services within the Children's Community Health Partnership (CCHP) including the Inpatient Adolescent Mental Health Service, continue to be provided together and within the NHS.

Why is this important?

NHS children's community health services and the inpatient adolescent mental health service in Bristol & South Gloucestershire are in the process of being recommissioned.

The first stage of this campaign has already been successful with the recent announcement that the interim contract to deliver community children's health services for one year during 2016/17 has been won by a partnership made up of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) and two social enterprises, Sirona Care & Health CIC and Bristol Health CIC. The adolescent inpatient mental health unit, the Riverside Unit, will also be provided by AWP, with private company The Huntercombe Group, acting in a 'consultancy' role. However, AWP will be running the unit on a day-to-day basis and staff will be employed by AWP, so it will essentially remain within the NHS.

The demand that services remain integrated has also been won, with the announcement that for the longer-term contract these services will be commissioned together by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and their partners.

However, the campaign is not over yet. The next stage of the process during which the same services will be commissioned for the next 5 or 7 years from 2017 has begun. We must keep the pressure on to protect children's health services in Bristol for the long-term. And now we know it can be done!

The next stage of this campaign will focus on bringing all of these services entirely back into the NHS for the long-term. We know private companies are planning to bid to run them. There should not be a role for companies who seek to make a profit or for social enterprises (many of whom operate in a similar way to private companies) in the delivery of our health services.

There are two reasons why this campaign is vitally important:

Firstly, children and young people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire need to get the best possible care and treatment. This means having services which are integrated and can work together, provided by people who are interested in delivering top quality care, not making maximum profit.

Secondly, every time an NHS service in the UK is privatised we are a step closer to a US-style health system which would mean the end of free-at-point-of-need healthcare. The evidence is mounting that this government is not fully committed to a future publicly-owned health service.

We are a group of concerned local people, including service users and NHS staff, who understand how damaging the consequences of moving these services to a private provider could be. We think the principle of 'people before profit' in the NHS is fundamental in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the rest of the UK.

Join our campaign at or search 'Protect CCHP' on Twitter for more information.


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2017-10-30 02:59:48 +0000

Petition is successful with 6,685 signatures

2016-01-13 09:38:08 +0000

Petition is successful with 6,630 signatures

2015-08-17 19:40:19 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2015-08-08 09:26:58 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-08-07 16:49:22 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-07-31 07:52:43 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-07-30 22:04:39 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-07-30 20:16:25 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-07-30 19:13:17 +0100

10 signatures reached