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Private companies profiting from the NHS

24th December 2009

A poll conducted by the British Medical Association has revealed that up to 80% of doctors are concerned that private companies are profiteering from the NHS.

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The poll focused on the BMA’s ‘Look after our NHS’ campaign, which is concerned that some large multinational companies are making profits out of running local clinical services on behalf of the NHS.

It asked doctors to what extent they agreed with the concerns of this campaign.

With 697 responses to the poll, 51% said they agreed strongly and 29% that they agreed with the statement. Of those respondents, only 4% said they disagreed while 3% strongly disagreed with the statement.

The BMA has given examples to support its campaign including an estimate that as much as £927 million might have been overpaid to Independent Sector Treatment Centres in England.

The NHS also spent around £350 million on private management consultants in the last financial year.

BMA council chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said: “This is more evidence of the medical profession’s concerns about commercial values being imposed on the NHS.

“There are countless examples of taxpayers’ money being wasted because of the drive for services to be provided by profit-making companies rather than traditional NHS providers.”

Dr Meldrum suggested that politicians should consider the impact of bureaucratic costs when they address the issue of cutting waste within the health service.

“We’d like to see the NHS in England restored to a publicly provided, publicly funded service, driven by the needs of patients, not shareholders,” he added.


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