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NHS spending on care provided by private companies has jumped by £700m to £3.1bn with non-NHS firms winning almost 70 per cent of tendered contracts in England last year.
The figures, revealed in a report by campaign group the NHS Support Federation, undermine repeated government claims that private companies play a small role in NHS care provision.
Figure 3 clearly shows a rise to NHS tenders going to private companies and a fall in NHS tenders from 60% to just 36%.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Care scooped a record £1bn worth of contracts last year, meaning the company now has over 400 separate NHS contracts, making it the dominant private provider in the NHS market.
The extent of Virgin Care’s portfolio has angered campaigners, as the company pays no tax in the UK, and its parent company is registered in the British Virgin Islands – a tax haven.
Speaking of tax – UK tax fraud has risen to £16 billion per year according to the 2017 Annual Fraud Indicator – page 22. This makes Tory claims of doing something about it rather empty.
Jeremy Hunt accepted £32,920 from Andrew Law a major private healthcare investor. He isn’t the only MP with such dealings – take a look here for details.
The very same Andrew Law also donated £2,034,785.34 to the Tories (expecting nothing in return of course). Have a look here for details.
Here is the book Jeremy Hunt co-authored calling for the NHS to be replaced with private insurance.
No doubt Jeremy Hunt is looking forward to his fourth payrise in two years in return for all the ‘good’ he is doing with the NHS. Meanwhile those in the NHS who save lives have to ‘make do’.
Is this what Tory voters want?
Doctors are preparing to move abroad
Number of patients waiting to start treatment is increasing
GP vacancy rate is increasing as existing doctors leave the NHS
The chances of getting a hospital bed are decreasing
Nurses are leaving the NHS