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Petitioning City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group

Stop using private company Harmoni for our GP Out of Hours Service.

The contract for City & Hackney GP Out of Hours Service was given to private healthcare company Harmoni by our outgoing health service commissioning body (North East London & the City Primary Care Trust cluster). The only reason they gave the contract to Harmoni was for fear of litigation from private healthcare companies like Care UK which now runs Harmoni. Harmoni has been widely criticised in the press for understaffing and the poor quality of its service – a baby died last year after their inadequate treatment. Our local doctors created a non-profit out of hours service staffed by themselves, which will provide a far better, more locally suitable service which will not suffer from under-staffing. The City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group now has the power now (since the enactment of the Health & Social Care Act) to commission the Out of Hours service, and local people ask that they should commission it from our local doctors, from a service which is local and not for profit - and not from private healthcare companies.

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