NHS coffin

A double whammy of grim NHS privatisation stats today:

David Cameron in January 2006:

“the NHS is safe in my hands”

The reality eight years later?

“Of 3,494 contracts awarded by 182 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England between April 2013 and August 2014, 33% went to the private sector.

And there’s more. Former health secretary Andrew Lansley in August 2010:

“I am staggered by the scale of the expenditure on management consultants in the NHS.

“I have asked PCTs and SHAs to reduce their management costs by 46 per cent over the next four years. This will root out unnecessary bureaucracy and any expensive duplication of functions.

But Lansley is personally responsible for spending on consultants more than doubling — with staff sacked in his own disruptive reforms re-hired on ridiculous contracts. Prof. David Oliver in the BMJ:

“A Freedom of Information request showed a doubling of annual NHS spending on consultancy from £313m to £640m between 2010 and 2014—enough to run three medium sized hospitals or employ about 20 000 extra nurses.

That went well then.

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