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Scandal hits health firm Care UK

Issue No. 2300

Some 6,000 patient X-ray records were left unprocessed at an “urgent care centre” run by private firm Care UK in London.

This meant patients were not informed of their X-ray results, putting their health at risk.

The scandal shows that private firms cannot be trusted with our lives.

And it shows that the Tories’ Health and Social Care Bill will make the service worse.

It’s not the only outrageous incident involving private firms and health services.

A surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary had to finish emergency surgery by torchlight last month after contractors shut off the power.

Consort runs the hospital and rakes in £60 million a year from its contract.

The PFI deal there means the firm will still own the building even when the contract ends.

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Tue 24 Apr 2012, 16:25 BST
Issue No. 2300
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