Di Galpin

Dispatches (Channel 4, 8pm, 29th Oct)) asked whether the handover of health services to the private sector is good for the public purse, let alone patient care?  The Government reforms mean multi-million pound NHS contracts are being awarded to companies such as Virgin Care.  Is this a good thing? As The Independent reports on the criminal wrongdoing of drug companies, the question is should we be worried about the increased role of companies who stand to make huge profits from reform of the NHS?

A central tenet of the health care reforms is the introduction of ‘any qualified providers’, which within a few weeks will force PCTs to let private firms provide NHS services.  This means the Department of Health will take the most potentially lucrative, standardised, high volume and low risk treatments provided by the NHS and offer these up to private companies, the Americans charmingly refer to private providers who deliver such treatment as…

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About digalpin

I gained my social work qualification from the University of Southampton and worked for 14 years in mental health, disability and older people services. I am currently a senior lecturer in post-qualifying social work at Bournemouth University and am conducting research on government and societal attitudes and responses to the mistreatment of older people in health and social care provision for my doctorate. My views are my own.

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