Many campaigners remember the privatisation of Hinchingbrooke Hospital. It was claimed far and wide as the answer to turning around a hospital which had posed problems for years.
But after awards were handed out the truth emerged. The whole sage was a total failure, and the many claims were bogus. The whole exercise was rigged and better NHS solutions were not properly considered.
But when the privatisation model was still being pushed, George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton also tried to go down that route.
Despite confronting a dishonest and intransigent management, the trade unions and campaigners once more won the day, and the whole deal fell through; other solutions were found. You would have thought someone would learn – but no.
Full story in The Lowdown, 15 November 2021