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Private firms eating into NHS care, says new research

By Jennifer Cockerell

Published 25/04/2015

The number of private firms delivering NHS care has risen dramatically, according to new research
The number of private firms delivering NHS care has risen dramatically, according to new research

The number of private firms delivering NHS care has risen dramatically, according to new research.

Companies such as Virgin Care and Care UK saw the private care sector win contracts totalling more than £3.5bn in 2014/15 - five times the previous year.

A report by the NHS Support Federation said outsourcing has expanded rapidly and it is "undeniable" that privatisation is happening within the NHS,.

Non-NHS organisations have consistently won more awards in every year since 2010, the report added, with the win rate never dropping below 60% over the past five years.

The report said this was based on a survey of all the awards placed on the European contract website between 2010 and 2015, which is part of the contractual process laid down in government regulations on procurement.

Single contracts worth more than £1m are not uncommon, with 16 such contracts awarded over the past two years.

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