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Nhs Cancer Care: Planned Switch To Private Contracts In £700M Plans

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/02/cancer-care-nhs-outsourcing-ccgs-unison-virgin

Cancer care in the NHS could be privatised for the first time in the health service's biggest ever outsourcing of services worth over £1.2bn.

A host of private healthcare firms have already expressed interest in securing a £689m, 10-year contract to provide cancer care at four NHS GP-led clinical commissioning group areas in Staffordshire.

The four CCGs involved, which care for 767,000 patients, are also seeking bidders for a separate £535m contract to provide end-of-life care. Together the contracts are worth £1.22bn, much more than the previous record high of £500m, secured by Richard Branson's Virgin Care for providing various health services in Surrey.

Virgin, Care UK, Ramsay Health and other private firms, many of which have increased their role in providing NHS care amid an expansion of competition driven by the coalition's NHS shake-up, have attended briefings run by the charity Macmillan Cancer Support, which is advising the four CCGs on the cancer contract.

Christina McAnea, head of health at the union Unison, expressed grave concerns about the plans. "This is by far the biggest procurement process in the NHS and is a dangerous experiment. We are talking about £1bn of taxpayers' money and contracts lasting 10 years in vital cancer services and end-of-life care," she said.

More profit for the private sector? When there are the inevitable failings what happens then when patients don't get the care they need?

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Well, it can't be worse than the present system of being strung along week-after-week, month-after-month until the cancer has spread and become inoperable. Then no-expense-spared on denying the patient a timely death.

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Oh shit. I can tell you every privatised health service functions has performed way below the NHS equivalent. ******ing tories just don't give a shit as long as their mates make some wedge. *****.

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Oh shit. I can tell you every privatised health service functions has performed way below the NHS equivalent. ******ing tories just don't give a shit as long as their mates make some wedge. *****.

And they never save the tax payer a cent. It has never solved a problem and only made things worse and who asked for it in the first plaace. You are right a bl;atant con and a misuse of money entrusted to incompatants

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