Virgin Health suing NHS for contractual rights

Today's (13th March 2017) HSJ headline:

"Virgin Care starts legal proceedings against NHS: Virgin has launched legal proceedings against eight NHS commissioners after losing a bid for a £82m children’s community services contract"

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The view from the ‘burning platform’ - Medicine Balls, Private Eye Issue 1439 10th March 2017

 

 
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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has the gall to repeat the lie that the NHS is not for sale.

ACCORDING to Professor Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals, the NHS stands on a “burning platform” with 11 percent of trusts rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and 70 percent requiring improvement. Understaffing and overcrowding put patients and staff at risk every day.

Meanwhile, private providers lead by Virgin Care are busy “conquering the community care space”, says HealthInvestor magazine. “A market worth around £10bn has suddenly become a private affair.” Virgin has already hoovered up more than 400 health, social care and local authority services’ contracts, worth more than £1bn. It’s “quite the portfolio”, according to HealthInvestor, and other companies are lining up to conquer what’s left. “The chance to drink in a £9bn pool is tantalising.”

There is a clear underfunding and privatising trend in NHS and local authority services. Between April 2013 and April 2016, 45 percent of the community health services that were put out to tender went to non-NHS providers.

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Press coverage of the Health Campaigns Together demo of 4th March 2017 in central London

The Metro;  the Daily Mail; BBC news on line;  the Guardian;  the Mirror.

Funnily enough there is no report in the Daily Telegraph, but they have instead decided to cover a story about "fat cats" in the NHS - shame that they haven't noticed the fattest cats of them all, including Dr Tracey Batten who earns £100K more than the ones the Daily Telegraph has collared.

Video clips by SOH's video journalist and editor:

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Schmoozers' delight: Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit March 2017

From a Spinwatch article dated 1st April 2015

The influence of the private sector on the agenda of the NHS is powerful, as the following details of the forthcoming Health Policy Summit organised by the Nuffield Trust on 2nd-3rd March 2017 make clear.

The two days conference at Wotton House, Dorking includes two highest NHS directors (CEO Simon Stevens and Chief Clinical Information Officer Prof Keith McNeil) as well as current Government committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston, two Heads of Royal Colleges, professors from Oxbridge, reps of sponsors, etc... It is sponsored by Optum (about 50% of UnitedHealth Group - sic ), the Health Foundation (spun out of PPP Healthcare insurers on demutualisation), MSD (Merk Sharp and Dohme) the US drugs company, Boston Consulting Group, the British Medical Journal and Guardian Healthcare Professionals network. The NHS is not a sponsor but senior NHS directors, including Simon Stevens "in conversation" at 10.20 on the 2nd day, will be participating or, more realistically, being schmoozed by the sponsors.

Overview: https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/summits/health-policy-summit-2017/

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