The Green Party has welcomed the successful appeal to overturn the high court ruling allowing United Healthcare to run a GP surgery in Derbyshire. The Green Party hopes that this will act as a block to stem a potential flood of private companies taking over GP surgeries. (1)
Stuart Jeffery, Health Spokesperson for the Green Party commented: “This ruling should make it harder for large corporations such as United Healthcare to get further footholds in the NHS with minimal challenge or public consultation. Although most GP surgeries are run by independent contractors, i.e. GPs, they are firmly established as part of the NHS and are committed to its values – and they are not large, uncaring corporations whose only motive is profit.
“It is morally, clinically and financially wrong to allow the private sector to make profits from the NHS. Clinical care should be the motivating factor in healthcare delivery, not private profit. With private companies increasingly involved in the provision of care we can expect to see real problems with falling standards of care and increasing costs.
“The Green Party is the only major party opposed the privatisation of the NHS”