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Procurement of urgent treatment centres and GP out-of-hours services across two clinical commissioning groups has been discontinued – because the money on offer was not enough to attract providers. Swale … Read more

NHS leaders want Theresa May to scrap Conservative legislation that forces the tendering of contracts for care, in a move which could dramatically reduce privatisation of key health services. In … Read more

Analysis of blood and urine tests currently run across Kent by the NHS could be outsourced to a private company in a move which union bosses warn could put patients … Read more

Pathology services in Kent and Medway could be delivered with a private sector partner or outsourced under options being considered by the area’s four acute trusts. Less urgent pathology services … Read more

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One consequence of awarding NHS contracts to non-NHS organisations is the appearance of litigation over contracts. Prior to the Health & Social Care Act 2012, litigation occasionally took place between … Read more

The Observer has revealed that profit-driven firms are squeezing traditional GPs out of running family doctor services because of rules that NHS bosses and ministers both believe harm patient care. … Read more

Full story in HSJ, 17 September 2018 Under the preferred option, set out by commissioners, Medway Foundation Trust will lose its stroke services with three HASUs at Darent Valley Hospital, in Dartford, … Read more

Richard Branson’s Virgin Care won a record £1bn of NHS contracts last year, as £3.1bn of health services were privatised despite a government pledge to reduce the proportion of care … Read more

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