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