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NHS providers lag behind private sector in contract awards
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Our latest report, revealed this morning on Radio 4's Today programme, shows that the market-led NHS is taking off. The quantity and diversity of contracts already underway (Apr-Aug 2013) proves that the controversial NHS changes are bringing about huge changes. In the past the sums of money going to alternative providers were viewed as small, but this report provides the evidence to show that this can no longer be said. The health market is becoming pivotal in deciding how the NHS budget is spent and who actually delivers our healthcare.

Key points

  • An estimated £2.5 billion worth of contracts have emerged in the 4 months since the competition regulations were passed by Parliament.
  • Nearly 200 contract opportunities in the pipeline since April.
  • Contracts awards made since April show 21 to the private sector and only 4 to the NHS.
  • Outsourcing is increasing fastest in diagnostics (16%), mental health (8%), home care (8%)  and pharmacy (6%)
  • The iargest contract so far is £1 billion plus, for community services in Cambridgeshire, one of 8 areas where private companies are being given the chance to bid to run community services. 
  • A huge span of services are being brought before the market, through competitive tendering and Any Qualified Provider. They cover every conceivable type of care that we could need as a patient, from maternity to end of life care, from diagnosis to surgery, from prevention to urgent care.  
  • There were around twice the number of contract notices for clinical services compared with the same quarter last year advertised on the Official Journal to the European Union – TED.
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