Please don't dismantle our public services. Keep Brighton's drug and alcohol services in the NHS and don't put out to tender.
RE: Invitation to tender of Brighton and Hove City Council Drug and Recovery System
We are petitioning you as concerned members of the public wanting to defend the NHS's Substance Misuse Services in Brighton and Hove, which is the subject of a tendering process in April 2014.
We wish to make it known that we oppose the tendering out of our public service. Staff in the Substance Misuse Service say they are proud to work for the local NHS and wish to continue to provide a publicly owned service rather than become employees of a private company or third sector organisation who will look to produce a profit for shareholders or attack hard fought terms and conditions and which have no need to forge positive ties with the city.
We understand that the process of putting a service out to tender every few years is not obligatory if a service is fulfilling its requirements and is satisfactory. Similar questions were raised when the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee discussed the awarding of contracts for sexual health services in March.
Like sexual health services, we believe that this service already does this.
The current system of treatment and recovery work used inclusively with other agencies already provides a highly skilled and integrated workforce that works with highly complex clients, meaning that the taxpayer gets an efficient value for money public service working for our community. We believe changes to the way services are configured could threaten this work continuing to progress as well as threatening the terms and conditions of dedicated staff who since the banking led economic crises have already had wages and pensions cut by the Tory-led government.
We applaud the Council’s recent decision to not tender out Sexual Health Services and keep this excellent provision within the local NHS. We are equally proud to have an NHS. We believe that the Drug and Alcohol Recovery System in is best provided by the local NHS to the benefit of our city.
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