A 400-STRONG petition has been handed to Solihull health chiefs following concerns over a shake-up of NHS services in the borough.
The Solihull Save Our NHS Campaign group has been formed following local residents’ response to a national campaign lead by action group 38 Degrees.
Members of the campaign group, locally and nationally, are concerned the quality of health services will be affected following the transition from the NHS Cluster to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) next April.
Solihull Save Our NHS Campaign group members met with Dr Patrick Brooke, Chief Officer of the Solihull CCG, last week to present the petition, which urges caution over giving private companies free access to run local services.
Terry Mandrell, local action group member, said the meeting was ‘encouraging.’
He added: “Our determination is to see an NHS that improves services by putting the needs of the patient at the centre all that it does. We look forward to a positive partnership with the CCG. However, the twin dangers of privatisation and financial pressures are ever present.”
Dr Brooke added: “We are always eager to meet with patients and residents about their concerns and thoughts on the local NHS.
“The group has sought some assurances from us as we become custodians of a precious entity – the NHS in Solihull. We will consider and discuss these at a public board meeting in the near future.”