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Private equity owner of NHS GP surgeries accused of contract breach

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HSJ investigation reveals the ICBs most reliant on private hospitals

An investigation by HSJ has found that up to 20 per cent of NHS elective patients are now being treated by private hospitals in some areas. There has been an ... Read more

Fresh increase in NHS spending on private providers

The latest Department of Health and Social Care Annual Report and Accounts (2022-23) have updated the published figures on NHS spending on private sector and non-NHS providers. They show that the private ... Read more

NHS risks losing specialty to private sector, says royal college

The president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists has sparked a row with independent sector bosses after warning ophthalmology risks becoming largely privatised unless NHS England radically changes the specialty’s ... Read more

ICB tenders £1.8bn contract to shake-up community services

Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board is advertising a contract worth around £1.8bn in what will represent a major shake-up of community health services, and the ... Read more

Decisions over outsourcing in the NHS

Competitive tendering for contracts in the NHS is set to reduce significantly once the new framework for the procurement of health services – the Provider Selection Regime (PSR) – launches in January ... Read more

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