The Green Party has expressed amazement at the latest step towards NHS Incorporated as the Department of Health bungled the release of an advert to tender for private comapnies to take over the commissioning role of Primary Care Trusts, giving them control over £64 billion.
Stuart Jeffery, health spokesperson for the Green Party said, "The scale of the privatisation of the NHS is simply staggering. This is happening at every level of the organisation and presents a real and present danger to the health care in this country. The loss of commissioning to private companies would give them unparalled access to profits which would be at the expense of clinical care. People are suffering and dying because of the fragmentation and privatisation of our NHS. This must stop."
He concludes, "It comes as no surprise that the government want to extend privatisation to Primary Care Trusts, but the scale of the proposals is amazing. The impact on the equity of provision and on the costs of services will be disastrous."