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NHS 'not for sale' boards go up in protest at international trade talks


What is the NHS? The model developed by government (of each colour) is the creation of commissioners who form the core of the service. Providers of services are either Trusts, General Practices, Community Interest Companies or part-funded Charities. The CICs are companies working under contract: aren't they open to competition? Isn't that the reason they have been promoted in the first place? How else would companies such as Virgin enter 'the NHS market'? Either I am misunderstanding something here or someone is lying. As I see it, if you define the NHS as the commissioning element only, that will be safe: everything else has to be subject to competitive bidding.

Posted date

13 November, 2014

Posted time

10:48 am