Bid to hand over NHS services to be debated

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THE impact of awarding a huge slice of NHS orthopaedic services to a privately-run body will be discussed later this month.

The Council of Governors of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will meet to debate the impact of awarding the £235m musculoskeletal services contract to Bupa/CSH Ltd.

Among the topics will be the potential impact on St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, where there have been concerns the changes could downgrade the hospital’s long-serving role in accident and emergency and orthopaedics.

The meeting will discuss an impact assessment, drawn up by experts, which concluded that if the contract is awarded to Bupa/CSH Ltd and no mitigating actions are put in place, there would be ‘serious financial and clinical impacts on hospital services’.

Lead governor Margaret Bamford said: ‘We welcome members of the public attending our meetings and learning more.’

The meeting takes place at 9.30am on January 22 at Doric Seminar Hall, Worthing.