NHS Board Votes To Transfer Scilly Health Services To Non-Profit Company

The Board of NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has unanimously voted for the transfer of adult community health services at St Marys Hospital to a new body, which is not part of the NHS.

Peninsula Community Health, is a non-profit making social enterprise company.

It will also take on district nursing roles and the School nurse post, operating under an NHS contract for at least the next four-and-a-half years.

That’s worrying some staff and unions who fear that there could be further privatisation and at a Council health meeting earlier this year, members heard that brands such as Tesco and Virgin could look at running facilities like our hospital.

Chief Executive of the Primary Care Trust, Kevin Baber, says the Board fully recognises the importance of the decision. They have listened carefully to the views of staff, local GPs and other stakeholders, and they firmly believe this is the best option for securing future arrangements for adult community health services.

The NHS Board members agreed detailed milestones and requirements that will need to be delivered by the social enterprise before October when the final decision will go to the Strategic Health Authority for ratification.

Baber will become Chief Executive Designate of the new company and he visted St Mary’s to talk to staff last week (see earlier report here ). He says he is confident that they can deliver to the required targets and benchmarks.