Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Virgin handed £2bn worth of NHS England contracts

Brexit 'power grab' poses a 'major threat' to the National Health Service, warns SNP.

This week’s news that £2 billion worth of NHS England contracts are being handed over to Virgin Care Services, which follows on from the damning report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee last month into the outsourcing of primary care services in England to Capita, has highlighted how the Tories’ shambolic Brexit poses a major threat to the future of the NHS in Scotland, the SNP has said.

SNP Health spokesperson at Westminster Dr Philippa Whitford MP has warned that the power grab over public procurement allows the Tories at Westminster to put Scotland’s NHS under the same threats as the health service south of the border, with the Tories able to open up Scotland’s public services to profiteering firms.

In addition – the increasing threat of a disastrous No Deal Brexit will leave the Tories more desperate than ever to secure a trade deal with Donald Trump’s administration, no matter the cost to our public services. Prime Minsiter Theresa May has continually failed to rule out opening up the NHS to private US firms post-Brexit.

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Commenting, SNP MP and Health Spokesperson at Westminster, Philippa Whitford, said: “The news we’ve seen this week of £2 billion worth of NHS England contracts being handed over to a single private firm sets a dangerous precedent and last month’s report by MPs which decribed the outsourcing of primary care services in England to Capita as a ‘complete mess and a shambles’ shows exactly what the Tories would do to our NHS in Scotland given half a chance with the procurement powers they have grabbed from Scotland.

“This is why the Westminster power grab over procurement after Brexit is so worrying – with the Tories in charge of procurement laws and policy, the Scottish Parliament and its voters would lose control over how our key public services are delivered with the future real threat of being opened up to profiteering firms from across the Atlantic.

“Theresa May has already failed to rule this out on multiple occasions – and as the Tories get ever more desperate to secure a trade deal with Donald Trump at any cost, we can be sure that our NHS will be in their sights.

“The Tories are making a mess of the health service south of the border – opening it up to private companies in shambolic fashion, leaving ordinary people needing proper and effective care to pay the price.

“We cannot allow this to happen in Scotland – but with the Tories intent on their power grab and a disastrous Brexit, the threat is major and real.”

Disclaimer: This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party (SNP). Headline and images added by Welfare Weekly.


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