Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 8, 2016

Council Concern Over Virgin Care Ltd

Item for discussion at Full Council next week. 12. PROVISION OF URGENT CARE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICE – MOTION INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA BY COUNCILLOR WRIGHT wrightpic ON BEHALF OF THE LABOUR GROUP
To consider the following Motion included on the agenda at the request of Councillor Wright, on behalf of the Labour Group:

That this Council notes with concern the intention of West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to proceed towards contract with the profit-making company Virgin Care Ltd for the delivery, from April 2017, of both urgent care and community health service, which to this point have been provided on a non-profit basis from within the NHS.

That this Council is concerned that, over time, health services contracted to a profit-making company such as Virgin Care Ltd may become degraded, with consequent negative effect for the people of West Lancashire, given the inherent conflict of interest between the contractual requirement to deliver services and the primary requirement of a private company to deliver returns to the shareholders of Virgin Care Ltd, which is majority owned by the Virgin Group Ltd conglomerate. virgincare

Further, that this Council is concerned that, over time, and for the same ‘profit before people’ rationale, the terms and conditions of staff currently operating within the NHS, and indeed their continued employment, may be compromised, with unjust contract changes imposed following due TUPE process, for “economic, technical and organizational (ETO)” reasons which may not have been made clear during the tendering process.

That in light of these concerns, the Chief Executive be instructed to:
a) write to the Chief Executives of both West Lancashire CCG and Virgin Care Ltd, to demand that the contracting process be carried out will full transparency, and with West Lancashire Borough Council afforded full opportunity to consult and make recommendations on the final contract before it is signed by both parties.

b) that this letter to the two Chief Executives include specific demands to consult and make recommendations on the contract as pertain to:
i) the continuation of terms and conditions for staff post TUPE transfer;
ii) the metrics and measurement processes under which Virgin Care Ltd will be required to prove compliance with the contracts signed;
iii) a due adherence within the contract to the measures promised by Virgin Care during the tendering process, including but not restricted to any or all promises made about the fair sub-contracting of Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector organisations for the delivery of a proportion of the services, in a way which promotes the long-term viability of the sector.

That responses to this letter be reviewed at the earliest opportunity by Cabinet and by the Corporate & Environmental Overview & Scrutiny Committee.


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