Leader backs keep health in NHS call
NEW Stroud District Council leader Geoff Wheeler has vigorously backed a call to keep health services within NHS control.
He has written to NHS Gloucestershire to put for-ward his view that hospitals, district nursing and other services should not be contracted out to the private sector.
In his letter to chief executive Jan Stubbings, Coun Wheeler also expressed strong support for the Department of Health's decision to allow NHS trusts to be set up to provide community health.
The full council had voted in favour of ensuring all local health services were kept under the NHS umbrella.
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Coun Wheeler (Lab and Co-op, Dursley), pictured, said: "With reforms to the NHS on the agenda in the coming months and years we wanted to be more hands-on and involved in decisions which may affect health services in Stroud district."
Ms Stubbings said the people of Gloucestershire deserved the best possible NHS services.
"We are committed to making sure they receive these in the coming years," she said.
"We thank the leader of the council for sharing his views with us and look forward to engaging with members of the council and communities over the future management of community health services in July."