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Theresa May’s secret plans to replace NHS England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is a private healthcare organisation based in California.

But unlike many other private healthcare companies in the US, Kaiser provides a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need.

This is a system much like our own NHS but with three major differences – Kaiser’s healthcare provision is much more expensive than the NHS, the healthcare provision side is run for profit and unlike the NHS its cover isn’t comprehensive – it only covers those people who are in work.

Despite that, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt seems to love Kaiser. He and other ministers have personally visited the company at its California headquarters – several times in fact:


And Kaiser’s own website lists other recent visitors from the UK, including many NHS hospitals and NHS trusts as well as HM Treasury and the Ministry of Health itself:

UK Participants – Kaiser Permanente International

In text format those UK participants are:
Advancing Quality Alliance
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Arcadia Consulting
Ashton, Leigh & Wigan Community Healthcare
AXA-PPP Healthcare
Benenden Healthcare Society
Black Country Family Practice
Blackburn Borough Council
Blackheath Medical Centre
Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
Bramhall Park Medical Centre
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Bupa Health and Wellbeing UK
Calibre Clinical Commissioning Group
CareMax International
Central Manchester GP Commissioning Consortium
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
Circle Health
Cornwall Care Ltd.
Countess of Chester Hospital
Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust
Department of Health
East Cheshire Commissioning Consortium
East Cheshire NHS Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
East Midlands Leadership Academy
Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trust
Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
H3Plus Commissioning Group
Health and Social Care Board
Health for London CSL
HealthEast CIC
HealthWorks Commissioning Consortium
Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust
health: mk
HM Treasury
Holly Bank Surgery
Hospital Directions
InHealth Endoscopy
James Paget University Hospitals
Jarvis Medical Practice
John Radcliffe Hospital
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Leodis Pathfinder Consortia
Liverpool Community Health
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Mersey Care NHS Trust
Mid Hampshire Primary Care Trust
Ministry of Health
NHS Blackburn with Darwen
NHS Blackpool
NHS Bolton
NHS Cumbria
NHS East Lancashire
NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Lancashire Care
NHS Leeds
NHS Mid-Essex
NHS North Somerset
NHS North West
NHS North West Leadership Academy
NHS Oldham
NHS Redbridge
NHS Trafford Primary Care Trust
North Lancashire PCT
North of England NHS Commissioning Board
Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Nuffield Trust
Pathfinder Healthcare Development
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Phoenix Partnership
Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Quayside Medical Practice
Queen Square Medical Practice
Robin Lane Medical Centre
Royal Bolton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal College of Physicians of England
Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
South Central Strategic Health Authority
South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust
South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group
South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Stanford School of Medicine
StHealth Clinical Commissioning Consortium
Stockport Managed Care
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Stonepoint & Partners
Sussex Cancer Network
The King’s Fund
Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust
Trafford Provider Services
UKPrime Ltd
University of Birmingham
University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group
Weston Area Health Trust
Welsh Assembly
Whiston Hospital
Whittington Health
Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium
Wirral NHS Alliance
Wirral Primary Care Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

We have already seen that US firms are looking to capitalise as the NHS becomes increasingly privatised, including Kaiser Permanente Foundation‘s senior vice president Hal Wolf who has openly called for the NHS to become “more like Kaiser Permanente“.

Alarmingly, Theresa May has specifically refused to guarantee she will not open up the NHS to US firms in a post-Brexit trade deal across the Atlantic.

Understanding the plans to replace the NHS with the Kaiser Permanente system explains why there has been a recent speeding up of the ongoing marketisation and privatisation of the NHS.

It also explains why the Tories were so desperate to push through their disastrous NHS reforms in the first place. A central plank of the NHS reforms was the formation of Clinical Commissioning Groups – which were openly based on Kaiser’s Permanente Medical Groups and which also happen to be a central plank of Kaiser’s healthcare system.

And understanding the plans to replace the NHS across England with the Kaiser Permanente system goes a long way to explaining why Theresa May has done nothing to resolve the worsening NHS crisis, which she is gambling will only make the public more keen to see changes to a system that is being deliberately broken.

So if the Tories win in June – say goodbye to the NHS in England and hello to Kaiser Permanente …

Published with thanks to Pride’s Purge


Since the publication of this article we received a statement from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (listed as a Kaiser participant under ‘NHS Cumbria’).

[A spokesman for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: ” Neither NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) nor its predecessor NHS Cumbria CCG have worked with Kaiser Permanente.
We have contacted the organisation and requested they take our name off the list of participants on their website.”]

We have asked Kaiser Permanente for comment on this and to explain the subsequent disappearance of their participants (shown above) from their website. 

No wrongdoing by Kaiser Permanente is suggested.  Our interest is the lack of transparency from the UK Government.


  1. Nick says:

    i think a win for the conservatives at the election will be the end of the NHS. The main reason being in that the staff cant cope any longer and it’s not the sort of place to work any longer

    educated people have a choice in life and when you have life skills its only natural to use those skills in a proper environment in which you are respected and with regret the uk management and government are the complete opposite who never respect anyone

    the public will get to understand this but only when it’s too late. until then they will just go around with their usual ( I never knew it was in trouble )


  2. hugosmum70 says:

    as an ex NHS nurse i think most people who have either worked in it or had to use it DO understand whats happening to NHS. but we are doing all we can to try to stop the privatisation and running down of it as we know it. but unless Labour get in power (preferably minus the blairite faction) there’s not much anyone can do about it. the cons will do as they please and if not through normal channels they will create new normal channels.


    • Nick says:

      The management I’m told are the problem with the NHS which is always the case as they are there by word of mouth and not by any skills that you need to be a team player


  3. boyciesblogs says:

    Reblogged this on BOYCIE'S BLOGS: DEFENDING BRITAIN'S WELFARE SYSTEM and commented:
    Disgraceful Tory … !!!


  4. Martin Hughes says:

    Ffs!! If this is true, why are we not taking to the streets with pitchforks and torches? If this goes ahead as suggested, will we see a significant reduction in our N.I. contributions from our earnings? It all stinks of shit. Fat cats getting fatter at the expense of the vulnerable . When is the country going to wake up?!!!


  5. Of course this is all in the interest of Britain. Those that can’t afford it will simply die off. How very convenient! Laugh out loud on the toff front benches!


  6. Teresa Connolly says:

    Yes it needs more than talking now action speaks louder than words #ToriesOut #JC4PM


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