Stop the privatisation of NHS services

We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.

This petition closed on 17 May 2018 with 238,769 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Stop the privatisation of NHS services

1. E-Petition 205106 "Stop the privatisation of NHS services"
20/04/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: E-petition relating to the privatisation of NHS services By Stephen Aldhouse Alex Bate Carl Baker Andrew

2. Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) - written evidence
09/09/2019 - Inquiry: Budget and NHS long-term plan - Health and Social Care Committee
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Found: organisation representing more than 15,000 doctors and nurses working at the frontline of sexual and reproductive

3. 10 Oct 2017 - Work of NHS England and NHS Improvement - oral evidence
17/11/2017 - Inquiry: Work of NHS England and NHS Improvement - Health and Social Care Committee
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Found: Children’s Commissioner on children’s mental health services in England. I have asked the Committee staff to

4. Non-professional services: call for evidence responses
27/03/2018 - Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)
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Found: UK labour market Union. Non Professional Services (SIC 77 - 82, 95, 96, 97 ) March 2018

5. 09 Jul 2019 - Work of the Secretary of State - oral evidence
12/07/2019 - Inquiry: Work of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care - Health and Social Care Committee
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Found: hearing a particular concern from providers of services about the backlog in critical maintenance repairs

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Recent Speeches related to Stop the privatisation of NHS services

1. Privatisation of NHS Services
23/04/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: considered e-petition 205106 relating to the privatisation of NHS services.It is an honour to serve under - Speech Link

2. NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation
23/05/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: organisations in the NHS, and on the effect of outsourcing and privatisation in the NHS including the creation - Speech Link
2: than 40 minutes. We do not have a crisis in our NHS just in winter; we have a crisis all year round. - Speech Link

3. Trade Deals and the NHS
16/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: changes to normal practice in order to support the new call list system and ensure that social distancing can - Speech Link
2: e-petition 307339, relating to trade deals and the NHS.It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link

4. External Private Contractors: Government Use and Employment
21/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: public sector procurement and the awarding of contracts. Although it is incumbent on the Government to - Speech Link

5. The National Health Service
23/10/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: agreements that would allow private companies competing for services who put profit before public health - Speech Link
2: impact on real patients of what is happening in the NHS. Other families who are suffering are those often - Speech Link
3: epilepsy and fits, it should be available free on the NHS. I think that is what the hon. Gentleman is saying - Speech Link

6. Speaker's Statement
25/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: in two sets of two. I will also, exceptionally, call a further question from an Opposition Front-Bench - Speech Link
2: decisive action. I also pay tribute to my constituents and those working in the NHS for their truly heroic - Speech Link
3: fully echo my hon. Friend’s tribute to our amazing NHS workers, and it is in order to protect them and help - Speech Link
4: night to keep us safe, fed and warm: our wonderful NHS staff; police; firefighters; prison and probation - Speech Link
5: questions, and it would be appropriate for me to pay tribute to him for his service to his party and, - Speech Link
6: except to say that social care staff, in common with NHS staff and, indeed, other public sector workers, need - Speech Link

7. Oral Answers to Questions
20/03/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: technologies, such as artificial intelligence, across the NHS. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on the - Speech Link
2: innovation is the difficulty of rapid-growth companies in crossing the so-called valley of death. Since - Speech Link
3: prostheses for children and young people on the NHS. We have also invested a further £750,000 in a new - Speech Link
4: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS primary care infrastructure meets the demands of - Speech Link
5: all staff, and their co-operation with health services, as well as within the A&E, have led to this, - Speech Link
6: such as this and to reduce the burdens on those already in the profession, so that they do not take early - Speech Link
7: country where it is particularly hard to recruit doctors. Our intention is that half the medical school - Speech Link

8. The National Health Service
23/10/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: grateful if he would either improve his maths or stop repeating this narrative.I really welcome - Speech Link
2: cost £80 billion by the time they are paid off. I call on the Secretary of State not just to end the PFI - Speech Link
3: roads Minister, and I desperately asked my officials to look at the PFI contracts on motorways around the - Speech Link
4: private business. Money is being sucked out of the NHS through the PFI across the UK, but there are also - Speech Link

9. Prevention of Ill Health: Government Vision
05/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: the NHS budget would rise by £20.5 billion over the next five years, because we care about the NHS being - Speech Link

10. Oral Answers to Questions
23/05/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: could be almost £7 trillion better off if their pay and access to paid work were equal to that of men - Speech Link
2: may have difficulty in maintaining employment contracts—I suspect most of those people will transfer to - Speech Link
3: secondly, an extensive vaccination campaign is already being undertaken. The United Kingdom is a major - Speech Link
4: cyclones, but the land itself is difficult. Some have already been moved out, but we do make representations - Speech Link
5: and my hon. Friend for plugging Soccer Aid. Every pound raised by the British public will be matched - Speech Link
6: is a testament to the fact that we have small companies and charities in our constituencies that can make - Speech Link
7: That is absolutely the aim of the summit. It has already galvanised people into action, including multilateral - Speech Link
8: outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On every occasion lessons are learnt, and we are helping - Speech Link

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Research by Bain & Company published by the Financial Times in January 2017, found that private-sector companies had been invited to bid for 14 per cent more NHS contracts in the 12 months to August 2016 than just a year previously. In March 2017 the Financial Times also reported of the extra £2bn given to the NHS in 2014 to try and bolster NHS services, according to data analysis carried out by the Health Foundation, an independent charity, only about half this extra money was spent in the NHS.


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Government Response

The vast majority of NHS care has and will continue to be provided by public sector organisations. Patients should be able to access the best treatments based on quality of care not type of provider.


We remain committed to a publicly funded NHS. However, the private sector has always played a vital supporting role in the NHS, for example in building hospitals, in providing facilities management services, in supplying medicines and equipment. Primary care contractors – GPs, dentists, pharmacists – have always been independent contractors and are not NHS employees. The opportunity – not obligation – of NHS commissioners to use private sector healthcare providers in order to support existing NHS-delivered care has played a key role in improving patient choice, and in reducing waiting times. In such cases, private sector contractors have to adhere to the same standards of efficiency, safety and quality as NHS providers do, and for this reason the publicly funded NHS will always remain in the driving seat. We are clear that patients should be able to access the best possible treatments based on quality of care and value for money not the type of provider they receive this care from.

Department of Health and Social Care


MPs spoken contributions during 23 Apr 2018 petition debate