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Tories slice up NHS for fat firms

Issue No. 2361

The nhs is about to be hit by a new wave of privatisation.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCG) came into force with the Health and Social Care Act in April. 

CCGs are supposed to be GP?led. But private firms are already getting their foot in the door as they follow the Tories’ orders to put local services out to tender.

This introduces new levels of cost and complexity. Contracts so far have taken up to 22 months to finalise. Then there is the cost of monitoring and auditing. 

In the US the government has to spend billions investigating fraud among health providers. 

One common trick is “upcoding”—when one procedure is done but a more expensive one is charged for. 

The Tories promised before the last election that health spending was “ringfenced”. But the spending review two weeks ago moved more NHS funding to unprotected areas.

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Tue 9 Jul 2013, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2361
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