The 'headlong rush' to introduce markets into the NHS must be stopped, delegates were due to hear tomorrow.

The 'headlong rush' to introduce markets into the NHS must be stopped, delegates were due to hear tomorrow.

Unison was set to call for acute and primary care trusts to be given more time to achieve financial balance, for payment by results to be delayed until its local consequences had been examined, and for a wholesale review of all decisions to outsource NHS services to the private sector.

The motion, supported by Oxford West and Abingdon Labour Party branch, said such a review should include full consultation throughout the party and NHS.

It also said that all NHS stakeholders, including patient groups and unions, should be fully consulted and included in policy decisions.

In the motion, Unison was due to highlight a number of recent developments in health, including the decision to outsource the work of NHS Logistics to private firm DHL, as well as the recent appeal court decision regarding the awarding of a contract for GP services to UnitedHealth Europe. And it was due to discuss the move towards increased contestability in primary care.

During the debate, the union was expected to note the 'immense damage' being done to some local services because of a combination of deficits and 'the break-neck speed of change'.

The motion was also due to warn of damage to the morale of staff, who felt they were not listened to, and growing concern that 'the NHS is once again in crisis'.

The tabled resolution said: 'It is the rapid move from collaboration to competition which is forcing individual accounting units within the system to have to achieve ?financial balance? in unrealistic timetables... Conference believes that the sheer pace and weight of change is in itself causing damage, and that such major changes should be carefully trialled and evaluated before being considered for wider application.'