Shropshire community health services to 'stay with NHS'

Plans to give control of community healthcare in Shropshire to an organisation outside the NHS have been scrapped.

Shropshire Primary Care Trust board members have approved plans for the county's two PCTs to set up a single NHS trust to run services.

The Unite and Unison unions have welcomed the decision not to pursue a social enterprise option.

Lynne Weaver, from Unite, said staff concerns had been allayed.

She said: "We will remain in the NHS and a model of care will be focussed on the community."

'Road to privatisation'

Lianne Brooks, regional officer for Unison in the West Midlands, added that there was still "uncertainty" until the details had been discussed.

Shropshire PCT had considered using an outside provider for services, such as district nursing and physiotherapy, after the previous government advised PCTs to look at how they managed services.

Unite said setting up a social enterprise would have been "the road to privatisation".

Shropshire PCT will now work with NHS Telford and Wrekin to set up a single Community Foundation Trust under the NHS umbrella.

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