Private firms won’t offer the NHS value for money

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An article in the Daily Telegraph today by Max Pemberton sheds more light on NHS privatisation (with hat tip to Sunny Hundal for drawing this to my attention). The article says: ‘Private firms won’t offer the NHS value for money‘:

Strenuous efforts by academics such as Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary, University of London, to obtain the data relating to private-sector involvement has uncovered some horrendous examples of profligacy and waste.

It also provides the definitive answer that private-sector involvement haemorrhages cash out of the health-care system and does not improve patient care.

In a series of articles in the British Medical Journal, Professor Pollock has shown, for example, that £500 million of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on a flagship scheme to treat NHS patients in the private sector.

The whole article is an essential read for those advocating privatising the NHS further because what it catalogues is increased waste as a result oif the inflexible nature of contracting.

This really is a disaster waiting to happen.