Union says patients and communities will suffer if services are taken out of the NHS

UNISON South WestUNISON is warning that health services in Somerset face privatision after the deal to integrate Weston Area Health Trust and Taunton and Somerset Trust has been dropped.

The integration of these two Trusts – following intervention by the NHS Trust Development Authority – would have meant that services would have been retained within the NHS.

Over the last year staff have been working with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to transform departments to support the integration and transfer of services. Now staff are left feeling very distressed and totally let down by the Trust Development Authority.

UNISON South West organiser Christina Cook said: “Historically, Weston Area Health Trust has always been underfunded and this has clearly resulted in the current situation. This is wholly unacceptable and this move is not in the best interest of the patients, community or the staff at Weston.

“This goes to prove that NHS Trusts are being set up to fail under the current NHS funding stream and ultimately it will be patients and local communities that suffer.”

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