NHS: protect out of hours services
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The petition text:Dear Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee
Please launch an urgent investigation into GP out of hours services provided by private health companies. Don’t let private companies ruin NHS services - we need to be able to trust and rely on them.
- Investigate the allegations of terrible service, poor value for money and dishonesty relating to the service provided by Serco in Cornwall and Harmoni in London
- Review whether there may be more widespread problems across the UK with the use of taxpayers' money to fund privatised GP out of hours services
- Hold the bosses of private health companies to account and call them in for questioning
Private companies like Serco and Care UK are putting GP out of hours service in danger. They’ve been cashing in on contracts to provide GP services at the weekend and overnight. And it looks like they’ve not been doing a proper job - and lives are at risk as a result.
It’s time to rein in these greedy companies. There’s a powerful committee of MPs that has the power to do a proper investigation into their behaviour - and stop them getting further contracts if they’ve been doing a bad job. But there are lots of demands on the committee’s time. They’ll only investigate if they know there’s great public concern.
If we work together now, we can prove that there is strong public concern. Together we can demand a full investigation into GP out of hours services provided by private health companies. Help stop the private health industry endangering people's lives with dodgy out of hours coverage