NHS agrees largest-ever privatisation deal to tackle backlog

Posted: May 14, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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Plan by NHS Supply Chain to deal with backlog of patients waiting for surgery and tests will see 11 companies paid £780m to diagnose and treat patients

The National Health Service (NHS) has agreed the biggest-ever privatisation of its services in a deal worth up to £780m intended to help hospitals tackle the growing backlogs of patients waiting for surgery and tests.

The deal will see 11 private firms paid by the NHS to carry out heart, joint and other types of operations and perform scans, X-rays and other diagnostic tests on patients.

Under the contract many services will be provided in mobile facilities rather than hospitals. The NHS has been using mobile services for breast screening programmes but the contracts mark a large expansion into other areas of treatment and testing. The system is seen as more patient-friendly but it will also allow the NHS to rapidly buy in…

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