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EDM (Early Day Motion) 684: tabled on 13 January 2015

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 8 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with alarm that Nottingham University Hospitals Trust will not be able to provide acute adult dermatology, including skin cancer and emergency care, after losing six of its eight consultants; further notes that five of those departing are understood to have left rather than transfer to private healthcare company Circle over concerns about job security and that a profit-driven provider would not offer opportunities for academic research or training; understands that any patients with severe conditions will no longer be seen by a specialist at the hospital and may have to be referred elsewhere; fails to appreciate how the closure of a national centre of excellence for dermatology and the abandonment of its trainee programme will assist dermatological provision when there is already an estimated shortage of about 200 dermatology posts around the UK; agrees with the British Association of Dermatologists that the privatisation and fragmentation of specialist services was decimating the NHS; believes that this is yet another example of the Government's lack of understanding of the implications of pushing NHS services into unsustainable models provided by commercially driven private providers; and calls on the Secretary of State for Health to abandon the current commissioning model and seek much-needed efficiencies and integration by ensuring that hospitals, GPs and community services work together using one set of data, without employing the private sector at premium rates to further erode and undermine service provision.