NHS privatisation soars as private companies win 70% of clinical contracts in England

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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.

NHS private tenders Source: NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report, page 16

contract report dec 2017 28_12_17 _Page_17 Source: NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report, page 17

contract report dec 2017 28_12_17 _Page_18 Source: NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report, page 18

Figure 3 clearly shows a rise to NHS tenders going to private companies and a fall in NHS tenders from 60% to just 36%.

Read the NHS Support Federation 2017 contract report

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.

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