Are we missing something here?

The aim of the Conservative Party’s so-called reforms of the NHS in England is to make it impossible for services that private companies could provide to be offered by the publicly-funded organisation.

That is why so much of the money allocated in George Osborne’s 2014 Autumn Statement has gone to private organisations.

If NHS providers have not had the capacity to deal with rising demand, it is because they were not intended to.

Incidentally, it is hardly surprising that The Health Foundation has delivered a report that is critical of the NHS.

What can you expect from an organisation originally known as the PPP Medical Trust, in which “PPP” stands for “Private Patients’ Plan”?

Health chiefs spent about half of the £2bn of extra cash allocated in George Osborne’s pre-2015 election autumn statement on buying care from private and other non-NHS providers, an analysis has shown.

The Health Foundation research for the Financial Times showed £901m was spent on buying services from outside the health service in 2015/16 for care provided free at the point of use for NHS patients. It compared with £800m spent on purchasing the same kind of care from NHS trusts.

In his 2014 autumn statement, the former chancellor described the money for NHS England as a “down-payment on the NHS’s own plan” and said it would go towards frontline services.

The report also found that £1 in every £8 of local commissioners’ budgets in England is now spent on care provided by non-NHS organisations. The Health Foundation said the figures showed NHS providers have not had the capacity to deal with rising demand.

Source: Half of £2bn boost for NHS ‘spent outside health service’ | Society | The Guardian

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