Everybody should be deeply concerned by the attitude of NHS England.

After admitting that outsourcing back-office services to privateers Capita had caused a risk of serious harm – serious harm – to patients, the only defence was that the change had saved £60 million.

This just demonstrates how badly the NHS has its priorities muddled, thanks to Tory mismanagement.

Can someone please point out the bleeding obvious:

In the NHS even a saving of one penny is not worth it if a patient comes to harm.

Patients could have been put at risk of serious harm after NHS services in England were outsourced, a report says.

Nearly 90 women were wrongly told they were no longer part of the cervical screening programme after Capita started running back-office services in 2015, the National Audit Office said.

It said services had been “way below” acceptable standards, although no harm to patients had been found.

NHS England acknowledged “difficulties” but said the change had saved £60m.

Source: NHS outsourcing ‘could have caused harm’


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