Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Fears grow over ‘land grab’ of NHS by private suppliers

Fears grow over ‘land grab’ of NHS by private suppliers Campaigners say list of service bidders is another step to privatisation, as reforms are viewed as handing power to corporations instead of GPs

A new list of approved suppliers to the NHS has heightened fears of a multi-billion pound land grab by a handful of corporations.

Competition for contracts to supply support services to the GP-led commissioning groups will be dominated by management consultancies, outsourcing giant Capita, and the US health insurer UnitedHealth. NHS England insists that the companies bidding for the support contracts will supply a range of back office functions, cutting procurement times and allowing doctors to focus on how best to spend their £70bn share of the NHS budget. Continue reading... The Guardian

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