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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