Privatisation in York Hospital’s Emergency Department  

Campaign created by Rachael Maskell MP

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Calls on the Government to recognise that the proposal to outsource work done by the Emergency Department of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is ill-conceived, poorly timed and against the interests of patients; to prevent this outsourcing to the private sector; and to revise these plans for York Teaching Hospital only when the Government has published its White Paper and subsequent Bill on NHS reorganisation.

Why is this important?

We oppose all proposals to move access to some services at York Hospital’s Emergency Department (initial assessment, streaming and minor injury care) away from the NHS to a private company;
further that the Royal College of Emergency Medicine clearly states that the Emergency Department should control the front door of the Emergency Department, not some third-party organisation;
further that clinical governance have not considered how this reorganisation will disrupt patient pathways and clinical networks;
further that the governance have not considered how this will impact the clinical supervision of staff and governance of patient care;
further that they have not fully engaged with the clinical specialists working in this field;
further that this extends the privatisation of the NHS in a critical care facility and that such a move is not in the interests of patient care or clinical governance within the Emergency Department;
further that we are managing a very difficult pandemic where there should be no distraction from the delivery of clinical services;
and notes that the Health Secretary expects to bring forward a White Paper outlining a reorganisation of the NHS, which could have implications for access to Emergency Departments, the treatment of minor injuries and trauma and general practice. 


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Not many miles away….and perhaps a situation to avoid….?

Guernsey charges

Emergency Department charges in Guernsey, Channel Islands:
“Users to the Emergency Department pay a basic ‘Attendance, Assessment & Advice Only’ fee, which is tiered according to the time they attend.
In addition to this basic fee, one of four defined tiers of ‘Consultation Fee’ will be added to the total service fee incurred by a user if specialist treatments/procedures are required. The categories reflect the different levels of resource that are required to effectively manage the healthcare issues presented by an ED user and might range from a simple bandage, to a very complex support care package, for example in respect of treating the often multiple clinical care issues relating to the effective treatment of a road traffic victim.”


The absolute devastation carried out by the Tory Government, in one slide. Johnson must go.

A and E 7

FT Graphic – April 2022



Guardian     (8th January 2023)   Patients are waiting 40 hours in A&E. I hate that this is the best the NHS can offer
The Guardian    (1st January 2023)      A&E delays causing up to 500 deaths a week, says senior medic
Observer     (27th November 2022)      GPs tell patients to ‘get an Uber’ as NHS ambulance delays hit record level
The Lowdown     (12th August 2022)       Grim facts behind A&E delays
Health Service Journal    (28th July 2022)    Dozens of patients wait more than two days in A&E, reveals trust
The Lowdown     (25th July 2022)      Lack of beds key to A&E and ambulance delays
The Guardian    (4th July 2022)   Woman suffering mental health crisis left waiting eight days in A&E
The Guardian     (12th June 2022)     Paramedics are ‘leaving in droves’ as ambulance callouts almost double
The Guardian      (10th April 2022)     ‘For staff, this is heartbreaking’: senior doctor’s view on crisis in urgent care
The Guardian      (10th April 2022)     ‘Appalling’ waits for ambulances in England leaving lives at risk
Morning Star     (7th April 2022)     Six Yorkshire hospitals tell injured people to ‘stay away from A&E’ unless lives in danger
The Guardian     (6th April 2022)        Yorkshire A&E patients face 12-hour wait times amid rise in demand
National KONP      (10th March 2022)      This rushed-through Health and Care Bill is a threat to a truly universal NHS
BBC News     (26th November 2021)   Ambulances forced to queue daily outside A&Es, study suggests
The Guardian     (15th November 2021)    As a paramedic, I can tell you why people are dying in the backs of ambulances, Mr Javid
The Guardian    (14th November 2021)   NHS patients dying in back of ambulances stuck outside A&E, report says
The Guardian    (11th November 2021)   ‘It’s awful’: what it’s like to work a 12-hour ambulance shift in England
The Lowdown     (2nd November 2021)      Ambulance crisis: who is rushing to help?
Channel 4    (28th October 2021)   On the road with the Welsh Ambulance Service facing intense pressure
York Mix (2nd March 2021)    Anger at NHS plan to ‘privatise’ part of York Hospital A&E
The Press  (2nd March 2021)    Plans to partially privatise York Hospital A&E slammed



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