Jeremy Hunt has frequently downplayed the role private firms have in the NHS [Image: Getty].

And the NHS isn’t being privatised? Pull the other one.

NHS spending on care provided by private companies has jumped by £700m to £3.1bn with non-NHS firms winning almost 70 per cent of tendered contracts in England last year.

Private care providers were awarded 267 out of a total of 386 contracts made available in 2016-17, including the seven highest value opportunities, worth £2.4bn.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Care scooped a record £1bn worth of contracts last year, meaning the company now has over 400 separate NHS contracts, making it the dominant private provider in the NHS market.

Source: NHS privatisation soars as private companies win 70% of clinical contracts in England | The Independent


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