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SESSION 7

Privatisation of the public's health

7pm - Wednesday 19 May (registration below)

‘The independent sector has played a critical role in helping us get through the crisis and will play a critical role in future … That has put to bed any lingering, outdated arguments about a split between public and private in healthcare. We could not have got through the crisis without the combined teamwork of the public and private sectors' 

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, August 2020

‘Despite the unimaginable resources thrown at this project, test and trace cannot point to a measurable difference to the progress of the pandemic, and the promise on which this huge expense was justified – avoiding another lockdown – has been broken, twice.’

Meg Hillier, Chair Commons Public Accounts Committee, 6 March 2021

We will hear about the reliance on and scale of private contracts during the pandemic, and the level of pre-pandemic outsourcing and privatisation. How did this contribute to the failures in response?  We will hear from those who have mounted legal challenges on behalf of the taxpayer in relation to Covid contracts. We have already heard from staff, patients and family members who have been directly affected by decisions to outsource contracts.

GUEST APPEARANCE (opening the session):

Michael Rosen | author, poet, broadcaster and former UK Children's Laureate

THE PANEL:

Michael Mansfield QC (chair), Professor Neena Modi, Dr. Tolullah Oni, Dr. Jacky Davis
Lorna Hackett Barrister (Counsel to the Inquiry)

 

WITNESSES:

David McCoy | Centre for Health and the Public Interest, Professor Institute Of Population Health Sciences, QMUL

Dr David Wrigley | British Medical Association (PC), NHS GP West Lancs

Caroline Molloy | Editor at openDemocracy.

(More TBC)

A striking feature of the government’s pandemic response has been contracting out services to private companies, in the absence of both the usual tendering process and any transparency around contract details including costs. Despite a number of contracts failing (e.g. NHS Test and Trace) and some pre-Covid contracts such as NHS Logistics being exposed as wholly inadequate, public money continued to flow into the coffers of Conservative party donors.

People's Covid Inquiry hosted by Keep Our NHS Public

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