November 20, 2006 11:38 ET

Amicus say voluntary sector cannot be relied on to fill public funding sector gaps

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 20, 2006) - Amicus say that some of the most vulnerable people in our community are going without vital help and support because of public sector deficits.

Commenting on new research published today by the charity BDF Newlife, the public sector union has said that vulnerable communities are suffering due to a combination of PCT deficits and funding shortfalls in the voluntary sector.

Amicus say that the news also announced today, that NHS hospitals are going to allowed to market themselves to patients for the first time under a marketing code published by the Department of Health demonstrates a failure in government priorities.

Gail Cartmail, Amicus' Head of the Public Sector and Assistant General Secretary, said:
"We are extremely concerned that health service deficits and shortfalls in voluntary sector budget are disproportionately affecting minority and vulnerable communities.

"The fact that hospitals are now encouraged to spend vital resources to market their services through expensive adverts and direct mail demonstrates that the government is failing to understand people's realities on the ground - those who work in the health service and those who use it expect support to be there when it is needed.

"Where is the sense in pouring money down the drain to support advertising when our most vulnerable children are denied the basic equipment needed in order that they can live their shortened lives in dignity and comfort?"

Amicus is hosting a seminar tomorrow on the future involving the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank, Amicus National Officers and Research Officers to discuss the future of public services.

Contact Information

  • Amicus press office
    Catherine Bithell
    020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224