Don't privatise our NHS sexual health services
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Sexual Health Services in Brighton have a strong reputation and are well regarded. But under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 they have become the responsibility of the Council, and are in danger of being put out to contract, passed to a different provider and separated from the HIV treatment centre.
The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) argue that tendering poses several "key threats", including reduced access to clinics and treatment, a fall in the quality of patient care and the undermining of existing services. A fragmented service would also affect essential clinical training and research work within the department.
It is dangerous to public health to divide Sexual Health and HIV between different providers. In addition, private companies are likely to "cherry-pick" services and do lucrative deals on leasing NHS buildings. Local Unions fear a deterioration in staff's pay and conditions, and to the quality of the service
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