Dear Mr Colclough
We urge you to ensure that Weston Hospital is partnered, either by merger or aquisition,with another NHS organisation and NOT an independent sector company.
Why is this important?
For the people of Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset it is vtal to protect our local hospital, its essential sevices and to resist the gradual spread of privatisation undermining the structure of the NHS.
The Weston Area Health Trust is deemed too small to exist as a stand-alone trust, and the recent orgaisational changes changes have led to a £5 million shortfall in funding.
WAHT has to find a new way of operating either by merging with another trust that has already achieved NHS foundation staus or finding a partner to run it as an operating franchise.
We fear a solution where a private company could become the franchise operator as has happened at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
This is unacceptable for all of us that care about keeping our NHS public!
So please,please show your support for the NHS andsign our petition against the privatisation of Weston Hospital.