Messy Business

New plan to obliterate NHS waiting lists from on high

Just when you’re feeling a bit jaded, and think you’ve heard every possible story about the NHS at least twice, a new one comes along (that makes you sit up and smirk).

NHS England recently issued a contract tender notice appealing for bidders to run primary care support services.

With a contract value of £1bn over 10 years, the tender is one of the highest valued single deals ever offered by the NHS.

The governmental quango recently held a meeting for organisations interested in bidding.

No NHS-owned organisations turned up, but the list of attendees was very interesting.

KPMG and law firm DLA Piper were more predictable attendees. And then there were the ‘tainted twins’ Serco and G4S.

But it was Lockheed Martin which stole the show. More used to creating heavily armed F-35 jet fighters and military helicopters, the company could bring an intriguing – if morally ambiguous – strategy to reducing hospital admissions…

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