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UNISON warning over social enterprises

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UNISON will campaign against the introduction of social enterprises because of a motion passed at the conference this week.

The motion raised concerns that the Lord Darzi’s next stage review is forcing primary care organisations into becoming social enterprises.

Proposing the motion, Mary Locke of the Service Group Executive, said: ‘As a result of Lord Darzi’s Next Stage review pesonal budgets have become reality. PCTs are coming under pressure to become social enterprises.’

She added that social enterprises could lead to the closure of NHS services if they fail. Ms Locke told delegates:’There is no guarantee that social enterprises will survive, especially during the current recession. The issue has passed most politicians by.’

The motion called for UNISON to defend provision of services by NHS organisations and provide guidance to branches about the implications of different provider arm options for PCTs.

It also calls for UNISON to ensure staff transferring from the NHS to new provider arms do not suffer detrimental terms and conditions.

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