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Capita eyes up NHS bodies


Health quangos employing about 1,800 nurses are being targeted for takeover by private company Capita.

NHS Direct, with 1,300 nurses, and NHS Blood and Transplant, which employs about 500, are being considered for possible takeover by the biggest outsourcing company in the UK.

In an interview with Nursing Times’ sister magazine Health Service Journal, Capita health division managing director Beverley Bryant said the company was looking to run the arm’s lengths bodies.

Asked about new areas Capita was seeking to exploit, Ms Bryant said: “The [quangos] that remain will be subject to getting the private sector involved. Running the administration of those kinds of bodies is the bread and butter of Capita’s healthcare division.”

A Department of Health spokeswoman said it was “too early” to speculate on whether the organisations would be outsourced to a company such as Capita.


Readers' comments (5)

  • And so it begins, the discrete dismantling of the NHS.

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  • I am disgusted and strangely lost for words! Who would monitor this?? I am sure the con-dem mob will love this -here are some of the promised ‘private sector jobs’. Good bye NHS- the public have no idea what is coming!

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  • So Capita, swiped the NHS Direct website and morphed it into NHS Choices, and now they want the call centre staff too.

    Goodbye NHS Direct. You will be missed.

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  • This is not the beginning of anything.It began30 years ago with the destruction of steel,rail and mining. Inthe caring profession the introduction of individual budgets has started the dismantling of state social care and the elevation of private social care,ie for profit rather than from societal obligation.The NHS is now Cameron and Clegg's NUM, the battle lines are already drawn, and do not expect any support from "Red" Ed.We undermine ourselves by buying into "launching the nursing brand".Compassion , care, integrity, and advocacy, do not work well in the context of the business model,they are lost in it.The time to demonstrate core values is now.WORK to RULE, DEMONSTRATE,AGITATE at every opportunity,in lunchbreaks or on days off,and wake up the British public to the fact that a service that could be the envy of the world is delvered into the hands of profiteering exploiters.

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  • why can't we return to one NHS for all with a central governing body with the same services and quality of care for everybody right across the land.

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