This is a story about the failure of the Tories’ fragmented, ready-for-privatisation NHS.

If the service had any proper, nationwide direction, then trusts would be sharing information on the most cost-effective sources of medicines.

But of course that wouldn’t make money for Tory-supporting investors in pharmaceuticals.

And it makes big money – the BBC TV news report this evening (May 26) mentioned medicines being sold for £3,200 that could be found elsewhere for just £1.

My understanding, from that  report, is that the overcharging relates to medicines that are needed quickly.

The demand might be sudden and urgent, but the supply doesn’t have to be. It seems to me that these medicines are cheap enough to make and should therefore be available at any time – with no need to charge the Earth for supplying them.

But then, that’s not good business. And the Conservatives – who are running the NHS at the moment – are the Party of Business (we’re told).

Perhaps there are grounds to suggest a conflict of interest?

The owner of Boots has rejected claims it overcharged the NHS for a mouthwash used by cancer patients.

An investigation by the Times newspaper said the high street chemist charged the NHS £3,220 for the medicinal mouthwash, which can cost £93.

Walgreens Boots Alliance said its businesses complied with the law.

NHS England said pharmacies should seek to secure best value, while ministers have asked the Competition and Markets Authority to consider investigating.

Source: Boots owner denies overcharging NHS


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