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On Sunday, the Guardian published an article online revealing that private healthcare providers have been advised to get ready for a “£20 billion NHS bonanza” as NHS services are increasingly offered to private bidders after the massive changes when Strategic Health Authorities and Foundation Trusts are disbanded next April under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and replaced by ‘Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs).

Under Jeremy Hunt, “a health secretary who bent over backwards in his last job to promote powerful private interests“, the brakes will be completely off, creating an absolute feeding frenzy for private providers at the taxpayer’s expense.

The consulting firm who issued the heads-up to private healthcare providers, Catalyst, said “Landmark contracts awarded to Circle, Virgin Care and Serco demonstrate increasing recognition from the public sector that leveraging the private sector’s ability to invest capital and use more efficient…

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