The mystery of why the privatisation of public services has been embraced so enthusiastically by the current Wirral Council administration – despite it being ideologically against everything a Labour administration should stand for – has puzzled us for sometime.
However we had a Homer Simpson ” D’oh” moment when we realised exactly why outsourcing is the perfect solution for an organisation wracked with incompetence , dishonesty and corruption.
Consider this :
- No more Freedom of Information requests – it’s commercially sensitive and exempt from FOI legislation !
- No more whistleblowers – malpractice has nothing to do with us guv!
- No more direct public accountability – private businesses become accountable to their shareholders and profit always takes precedence over the public !
Now consider these recent Wirral Council tenders. Firstly :
Now wouldn’t it be handy if the Wirral Chamber of Commerce continued their empire building ways by bidding for this contract at Cheshire Lines Building ?. They’re only round the corner and Chief Executive Princess Paula Basnett could send one of her rellies in to keep an eye on facilities. Win- Win !.
Meanwhile another source asks us about a tender that has gone well under the radar. Wirral Council have outsourced their cash in transit services to G4S based in Bootle, they gave the long serving and loyal staff no notice of this decision and they didn’t even know their jobs had been put out to tender !.
However by far and away the most intriguing is this “Due Diligence” tender for consultants to cross the i’s and dot the t’s when it comes “to the integration of Adult Social Care services into NHS Community Services” .
Wirral Council leadership must be licking their lips in anticipation at the prospect of finally offloading the toxic , dysfunctional and perennially overspent Department of Adult Social Services onto the NHS.
If it does go ahead we can only hope that the provision of Adult Social Care services adhere to the principles of the NHS and that they should be free at the point of delivery.
This should mean no more punitive charges should be placed on vulnerable people for essential services – but you can bet your life that when it comes to “due diligence” that the consultants will be asked to find a way to continue with these charges.
We shall be observing developments with great interest and we advise those who believe that public services do not belong in private hands should do the same.