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HEALTH ACT IS FUELLING NHS OUTSOURCING
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Outsourcing on the rise
Further proof that outsourcing of NHS contracts is on the rise came with the publication of new figures that we produced earlier this month. Clinical Commissioning Groups have put £7bn worth of NHS contracts before the market since April 2013.

So far private sector companies have won 56% of these contracts, earning £2bn. This is five times the figure in the first six months after the Health and Social Care Act came into effect. It confirms that the government’s NHS changes are leaving CCGs with little choice but to put far more NHS contracts out to tender.
Recent big contract NOTICES
Staffordshire • Oncology • £687m
Staffordshire • End-of-life care • £340m
Havering • Urgent care • £142m
Testing the Market
Our figures were used in the recent BBC radio programme File on 4 which investigated NHS outsourcing in the episode, 'Testing the Market'.

Recent big contract AWARDS:
West Sussex • MSK • £235m > BUPA
Bedfordshire • MSK â€¢ Â£130m > Circle
Basildon 
• Â£225m > Pathology First
Another big award was a £1bn contract for community health services in Cambridgeshire – one of the 44% of contracts which have gone to the NHS. But it still meant that around £1m was wasted in the tendering process.
LATEST TOP STORIES ON NHS PRIVATISATION AND CUTS
 
BUPA beats NHS to £235 MSK contract
The decision to award BUPA a huge contract to handle all Musculo-skeletal services in a large part of Sussex has caused alarm about the impact upon NHS trauma services in the area.
 
Tory-linked companies win NHS contracts
Private companies with financial links to Tory politicians have won NHS contracts worth £1.5bn in the past two years, according to research by Unite.
 
Tories admit NHS shake-up was a ‘mistake’
A senior Cabinet minister said: “We’ve made three mistakes that I regret, the first being restructuring the NHS.” Another insider said the plans drawn up by Andrew Lansley, were “unintelligible gobbledygook.”

 
NHS boss warns of hospital bed charges
The NHS may have to start charging patients for the “hotel costs” of their hospital stay, if future NHS funding fails to keep up with patient demand, said Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.
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