Many have been accused of scaremongering and making stories up about the imminent privatisation of the NHS via the creation of American styled Integrated Care Systems and the ionvolvement of private healthcare companies on their boards and determing the delivery of healthcare services in both primary care (GPs) and hospitals and clinics.
As unionsafety has previously reported over the last ten years, the eventual aboplition of the NHS and its replacement by private healthcare companies, data managing companies and health insurance companies; the worst fears have now materialised in the form of Virgincare sitting on the Board of an ICS which determine who, how and which healthcare services will be delivered in their area!
The Lowdown news website reports that:
‘Virgin Care’s local managing director Julia Clarke is already listed as a member of the Partnership Board, the unitary Board which currently runs the ICS covering Bristol and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW).’
This proves that the concerns of campaigners that proposals in the NHS White Paper (available from the Unionsafety E-Library) giving statutory powers to “Integrated Care Systems” would lead to private healthcare companies sitting on ICS Boards were well justified and indeed, it heralds the biggest threat to the copntunuation of a national healtrh service and enables its ending.
The Lowdown report also makes the lack of transparency and the ‘commercial confidentiality’ argument by private healthcare companies against infiormnation about its services and charges being made public; already being utilised, in this case by Virgincare:
They noted Virgin’s reluctance to share any information with the public:
Source: Lowdown / NHS