Private companies win 70% of NHS contracts since April 2013

The campaign group The NHS Support Federation, which opposes a competitive market in the NHS, has released figures which it claims show that 70% of the 57 contracts to provide NHS services since April 2013 have been awarded to the private companies. Of these, 15 awarded contracts went to the NHS. A Department of Health spokesperson defended the claims, noting “the reality is that private sector providers only carry out around 6% of NHS work”.