US-UK trade deal: could this involve the NHS?

Donald Trump has recently stated that the NHS could become involved in the discussions about the US-UK post-Brexit trade agreement. Last year John Appleby, chief economist of the Nuffield Trust think-tank, provided data showing that in 2017-18 the NHS in England spent £13.1bn on care provided by non-NHS organisations – equivalent to 10.9 per cent of the health service’s total expenditure that year. Mark Dayan, Nuffield Trust policy analyst commented that under current UK and EU procurrent rules, US companies have the right to tender contracts if they have presence in the EU. Amongst those fitting in this criteria is Centene UK, a technology and logistics provider and subsidiary of Centene Corporation – they work with GP practises in the UK.

Full story in Financial Times, 5 June 2019

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