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Somerset Tories wants NHS driven out of community health services

TORY councillors in Somerset plan to sack the NHS from its role of providing community health services in the county and run them themselves.

The council wants to take over services currently provided by the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The Unite union said the decision could presage attacks by the council on the wages and conditions of staff such as health visitors and school nurses.

Services to some of Somerset’s most vulnerable people would also be hit.

The union is organising a demonstration by community nurses and families opposed to the proposals at 9.30am on Monday February 12 outside County Hall, Taunton, where the council’s cabinet will be meeting to discuss them.

Unite south-west officer for health Dorothy Fogg said: “We can only conclude that there is a hidden agenda of cost-cutting and salami-slicing of our hard-working members’ terms and conditions, which does not bode well for the families and children of Somerset.”

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