Doctors take protest against corporate takeover of NHS to Department of Health and Social Care’s door

Campaigners against NHS privatisation demonstrated outside the Department of Health and Social Care in London as the NHS celebrated its 73rd anniversary.

Demonstration outside the Department of Health on the 73rd Birthday of the NHS – Photo: Mark Thomas

Organised by the Unite union, the protest followed the takeover of general practices in London by the US health insurance giant Centene Corporation.

Jackie Applebee, the chairwoman of the group Doctors in Unite, said,

“Ministers and senior NHS executives have repeatedly mouthed the mantra that the NHS is not being privatised, but that is patently not true, as the awarding of lucrative contracts to private healthcare firms continues apace.”

Campaigners, including members of Doctors in Unite, have crowdfunded about £40 000 towards a possible judicial review of the takeover by Centene’s UK subsidiary Operose of the privately owned AT Medics, which was set up in 2004 by six NHS GPs and which runs 37 practices across London.

(Adapted from British Medical Journal article https://www.bmj.com/content/374/bmj.n1769.full)

One comment

  1. Well done to all demonstrators. We need to keep our NHS as it is. Private companies are not paying for training or premises but just reaping benefits of charging NHS more and drug companies who charge NHS phenomenal amounts for medicinal drugs are becoming rich at the expense of our country’s health. Shame on you all. NHS was set up to give all citizens fair health servicing.

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