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The Anatomy of Privatisation

Powerful vested interests with profits at stake compel the public authorities to fight a sustained battle against the assumption that the pursuit of individual profit is the best way to serve the general good - Nye Bevan

The NHS is more than just a structure for the delivery of healthcare. It is also a social institution that reflects national solidarity, expresses the values of equity and universalism, and institutionalises the duty of government to care for all in society. The NHS marks out a space in society where the dictates of commerce and the market should be held in check.

Since the Health and Social Care Act our NHS has been broken up into disparate arms lengths bodies and services have been outsourced to private companies. We believe this is wrong and that's why we have put together this Anatomy of Privatisation because the privatisation of services is not only bad for patients and bad for staff but is also costs a lot more than a universal, comprehensive public health service.

The NHS should be a safe, comprehensive, publicly funded, publicly delivered, and publicly accountable integrated healthcare system, committed to continuous improvement for all of its patients and participants. This has been shown to be, not just the fairest way to deliver healthcare, but also the most cost-efficient.