The Sunday Mirror revealed that NHS cancer care and kids’ treatments are up for grabs, in contrast to Boris Johnson ’s repeated election campaign denials. Among the service contracts being offered are cardiology, gynaecology, paediatrics and oncology.
A new framework agreement drawn up by NHS Shared Business Services has been advertised, which will see hospital trusts buying clinical care from a list of private suppliers. It could lead to deals worth up to £117million being handed out over four years.
NHS SBS described the scheme as a “value-for-money means of buying additional clinical capacity” to help hospital trusts meet targets.
But critics said the government is outsourcing care through the back door to cut waiting times. Dr John Lister, from Keep Our NHS Public, said: “This is batch privatisation aimed at encouraging NHS trusts to outsource services rather than provide them themselves. This could mean outsourcing whole units or services and transferring staff, or making them redundant.”
The Sunday Mirror has seen the tender documents that list 34 NHS departments which could bid for private services.
Full story in The Sunday Mirror, 29 December 2019