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Unions vow to fight NHS privatisation

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Health workers in Manchester are to fight against the latest private health scheme to be introduced to the NHS.

Unite and other health unions plan to meet with representatives of NHS North West strategic health authority on Monday to raise concerns about the latest private health scheme in the region.

Trafford Council last month gave permission for an Independent Capture Assess Treat and Support Service (ICATS).

This consists of a facility transported on a truck to different locations each week.

Kevin Coyne, Unite’s north west regional secretary, said: This privately-run centre also threatens to take a huge chunk of work away from existing NHS facilities.

Trafford General Hospital - the birthplace of the NHS 60 years ago - could have its financial stability undermined, forcing it into cuts in services and redundancies. This is something that neither our members, nor the Trafford public would wish to see.’

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