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. Stop the privatisation of NHS services
13/11/2017 - Petitions

Found: We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing

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

Found: April 2018 E-petition relating to the privatisation of NHS services By Stephen Aldhouse Alex Bate Carl Baker

3. NHS WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
16/01/2018 - Early Day Motions

Found: number of NHS trusts in England are attempting to establish wholly owned subsidiary companies to deliver

4. 38 Degrees - written evidence
21/05/2019 - Inquiry: NHS Long-term Plan: legislative proposals - Health and Social Care Committee
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Found: DegreesNLN0057 Written evidence from 38 Degrees  Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan - Proposals for possible changes to

5. 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: Healthcare FSRH written submission to the Budget and NHS long-term plan inquiry by the Health and Social Care

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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

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Recent Questions related to Stop the privatisation of NHS services
1. NHS: Doctors and Nurses
asked by: Catherine West
04/07/2018
... what the retention rate for NHS (a) nurses and (b) doctors in England has been in each of the last three years for which data are available.

2. NHS Property Services: Privatisation
asked by: Nicholas Soames
19/03/2018
... what recent discussions he has had on (a) complete and (b) partial privatisation of the National Health Service's Property Services.

3. Nurses and Social Services: Pay
asked by: Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top
20/12/2018
...000 or more.

4. NHS Property Services: Subsidiary Companies
asked by: Karin Smyth
16/10/2020
... how many applications by NHS trusts for permission for the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company to manage property and estates included an appraisal of the option for NHS Property Services to manage those services.

5. NHS Property Services: Subsidiary Companies
asked by: Karin Smyth
14/10/2020
... whether the review of the Addendum to the transactions guidance for trusts forming or changing a subsidiary will include the consideration of the role for NHS Property Services.

Latest Questions

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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

Labour Justin Madders (View contribution) 1631 words Mike Hill 1308 words Rosie Cooper (View contribution) 1281 words Graham P Jones 977 words
Scottish National Party Philippa Whitford (View contribution) 1886 words Stewart Hosie (View contribution) 13 words