Labour, GP shortages, cuts, blamed for NHS privatisation

Nick Clegg has told MPs in angry exchanges in the House of Commons that the only privatisation of an NHS hospital has come under Labour. He was speaking about Hinchingbrooke in Cambridgeshire while pointing at the shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. He had been sparring with Harriet Harman at PMQs who claimed the deputy prime minister […]

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NHS reform could result in privately operated hospitals

A review lead by Sir David Dalton suggests companies could be contracted to manage publicly funded hospitals, for which he used Spain as an example. Currently, only one of the 242 hospital providers is run by a profit-making firm, Circle, which won a 10-year contract to operate Hinchinbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire. The review, headed by Sir […]

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One third of NHS contracts awarded to private firms

Following a Freedom of Information request made by the British Medical Journal, it has been revealed that one third of NHS contracts have been awarded to private companies. Of the 3,494 contracts awarded by 182 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England between April 2013 and August 2014, 33% were awarded to the private sector. The government […]

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Management consultants cash in on NHS shake-up

A senior NHS adviser has warned that management consultants hired by the NHS are behaving like “racketeers” and “arms dealers” in times of war – making vast “spoils” from the Government’s reorganisation of the health service. management consultants hired by the NHS are behaving like “racketeers” and “arms dealers” in times of war – making […]

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Expert claims “the loser is the NHS” when it comes to privatisation

Professor of Health Policy and Management dissects the current healthcare scene With constant re-structures and changes hitting the NHS full force, healthcare services have been struggling with organisational adjustments as well as fighting a losing battle with target times as both A&E and surgery teams come under the spotlight. David J Hunter, a professor of Health Policy and […]

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Protesters march against NHS privatisation

Public speak loud and clear against privatisation of the NHS Thousands of people took part in a pro-NHS rally in London, the finishing point of a 300 mile march from County Durham. Organised by group the Darlo Mums, based in Darlington, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 marched against privatisation of NHS services, with 30 individuals taking […]

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Fears that NHS privatisation is nearer than expected

Private firms receive insider information about NHS contracts A campaign group have discovered that consultancy and health insurance companies have been part of a discreet group which receives regular updates from senior health service managers. This has raised alarm bells that privatisation could be on the cards sooner than expected. Spinwatch obtained the information from […]

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