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Lansley denies any rise in NHS private sector contracts

The number of private sector contracts in the NHS has ‘not increased overall’ since the last election, former health secretary Andrew Lansley has claimed.

The news comes as the first CCGs have begun putting local enhanced services out to tender through the ‘any qualified provider’ route, with GP leaders warning this could mean that practices will be ‘unable to compete for services they have always provided’.

Mr Lansley, who took on the role as leader of the House of Commons after being ousted as health secretary when Jeremy Hunt was appointed last year, made the statement in a response to a written question by a Labour MP who had questioned political donations made by private health companies in Parliament.

In response to Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams’ question, Mr Lansley said that all contracts were administered ‘independently and fairly’ and that private provision was not rising in the NHS.

He said: ‘The number of private sector contracts in the NHS has not increased overall since the election.’

From April, under new competition regulations, services will have to be put out to tender - unless commissioners can prove that they can only be provided by a single provider - in a bid to protect patient choice, although critics have questioned whether AQP may decrease choice for patients if GP practices are unable to compete effectively in large-scale tendering processes.

Readers' comments (7)

  • And the answer to the same question in 2 years time? The dismantling of the NHS has just been prepared for so far. It is interesting to see Lansley report the number of contracts "overall" being unchanged, what is the value of these contracts? The number may be unchanged the value could have massively changed.

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  • Anyone in the private health sector will understand that:

    1. The world is not awash with new, golden contracts. Far from it and there were much greater levels of outsourcing, with higher margins, under the previous government

    2. Margins on those limited new contracts are very low. There are many more profitable businesses, with less risk (and more fun) to get involved in. Perhaps people who do work in public services might appreciate that those in private companies don't just do it for the money alone

    3. The scope for real innovation, which is needed because the NHS can be improved, is too limited and Commissioners are not very imaginative

    I'd be much happier if Mr Lansley had announced the introduction of new methods, improvements, new knowledge and reduced costs rather than so little change

    Onwards and upwards...

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  • 8.37am
    Are you saying that services that are put out to tender are so efficient and cost effective that you can't make a profit?
    What the Tories want is provide the opportunity for private companies to be able to provide rebadged "new services" and then be able to charge from them. Think of NHS dentistry. Molars and upwards in your language but no wisdom teeth.

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  • In response to your last comment, that is not what I am saying. I am saying there is a lack of imagination and drive to really improve in Commissioning. I believe that, like most businesses and in science, there is great scope for improvement. So, with a lack of great game changing commissioning and no increase in funding it is not easy pickings for the private sector.

    I have never seen a policy that says let us privatise the NHS and make everyone pay for certain treatments. Economic sense might indicate that there does however need to be something done at some point in the future though.

    I wonder, have you seen a policy to this effect or is it just your opinion? I have not seen one (non dental) service that has been put out to tender then charged for with some small LCV cases which are are the discretion of Commissioners. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

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  • The issue is solely THE TOTAL VALUE OF ALL CONTRACTS!

    The number of contracts is nothing but SPIN!

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  • 1.51pm

    I wonder, have you seen a policy to this effect or is it just your opinion? I have not seen one (non dental) service that has been put out to tender then charged for with some small LCV cases which are are the discretion of Commissioners. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

    Most politicians are disingenuous.The HSCA is the policy tool. Lansley has achieved his aim but the HCSA will take a further 2 years to have its desired effect. The effects are predictable and will be direct and indirect .

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  • i wish this man would take a one way ticket to mars

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