Jim Deen acknowledged for his part in seeing off BUPA CSH deal.
Labour's Worthing West Candidate, Jim Deen, hit the front page of the Worthing Herald following a successful campaign to prevent BUPA CSH obtaining a multimillion contract to provide musculosketal service to hospitals in Sussex. He is pictured with fellow Labour candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham, Tim Macpherson and other campaigners outside Worthing Hospital.
Today, Jim Deen said -
"This victory in our campaign to stop Bupa getting this £235million contract is a massive one and one of national significance. In Labour’s 10 year plan for the NHS, when we talk about halting the privatisation of chunks of the NHS it’s this kind of contract we want to stop … and it’s this kind of contract the Tories wanted to see happen across the country when it brought in the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.
“Back last October, even I had my doubts we could stop it. The decision had been made, the contracts were about to be signed. It looked like a done deal. But with the other campaigners, we stuck at it, writing letters, briefing the press, attending meetings, asking the questions, getting up petitions, holding demonstrations.
“Make no doubt about it, Labour’s contribution to this campaign was huge, and working with my colleague PPCs in East Worthing and Shoreham, and Bognor and Littlehampton increased our effectiveness and broadened our resources.
“Who would have thought that just a few months before the General Election in the Tory heartland of West Sussex we would see-off NHS privatisation in such a spectacular way.”
Jim was also featured on the front page of the Chichester Observer with fellow campaigners at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester.
Or pick up a copy of the Herald from your local news outlet and turn to pages 8 & 9 for the full story.