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The “secret” privatisation of Oxfordshire’s major cancer service

There is an uproar over the “secret” privatisation of Oxfordshire’s major cancer service. “PET-CT scanners, which helps diagnose and monitor tumours throughout treatment, are set to be taken over by a company called InHealth, leaving leaders of Oxford’s world class cancer teams aghast. The Banbury Guardian has been told that Oxford University Hospitals Trust’s bid for the world-renowned service they provide but were passed over in favour of the company which—if the deal is confirmed—will move the operation away from the Churchill Hospital. ‘This is not something that’s easy to do. The scanners are in specially reinforced buildings and cost £1.6m each,’ said an insider.”

Source: www.banburyguardian.co.uk

Another part of the NHS looks set for a dangerous privatisation

Another part of the NHS looks set for a dangerous privatisation—cervical screening services. “Thousands of women and staff would be affected by privatisation. (…) That’s why Unite will be campaigning to protect healthcare science jobs and skills in the NHS to ensure thousands of people have a world class cervical screening service. The successful bidders for the cervical screening services are expected to be announced on 12 April, with the full implementation of the HPV programme by the end of the year when the current 46 laboratories are reduced to just nine. The sudden announcement of this reduction to nine centres for primary cervical cytology screening is a hammer blow to our members working in this vital service.”

Source: Left Foot Forward

Trade unions in Britain are reporting a “staggering” increase in outsourcing

Despite the bitter experience of the Carillion collapse, trade unions in Britain are reporting a “staggering” increase in outsourcing. “The lifetime value of outsourcing contracts awarded in 2017-18 ‘rocketed’ by 53% from £62bn to £95bn in the past year, according to the GMB union, which pointed to nearly £2bn in contracts awarded to Capita and Interserve despite both issuing profit warnings. The GMB said this showed a government ‘hell-bent’ on privatisation, despite the warning signs given by the collapse of Carillion, which managed public sector contracts to provide services such as prison maintenance and school dinners.”

Source: the Guardian

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From Transactions to Changemaking: Rethinking Partnerships between the Public and Private Sectors

This report published by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) is a new voice to the debate on the role of the private sector in the delivery of public services. While the current debate remains unhelpfully polarised along party lines, we argue that partnerships between the public and private sectors must fundamentally change – from an approach that is primarily transactional in nature, to one that is changemaking.

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The Privatised Water Industry in the UK. An ATM for investors

This paper aims to critically evaluate the privatised water & sewage industry in England. We find that the public-owned sector in Scotland delivers the service just as efficiently, albeit at a lower cost to consumers. Our econometric analysis suggests that the 40% increase in real household bills since privatisation was mainly driven by continuously growing interest payments on debt, contrary to the regulator attributing them to growing costs and investments. Finally, we show that the accelerating debt levels are primarily the result of disproportionate dividend pay-outs, which exceeded the privatised companies’ cash balances in all but one year since 1989. We conclude that the way the industry operates may no longer be sustainable and seems to disadvantage consumers greatly without their knowledge, as there is a fog of misleading statements by the companies and the regulator.

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The Privatisation of UK aid. How Adam Smith International is profiting from the aid budget.

After decades of work by campaigners and activists to boost overseas development spending to 0.7% of national income, private companies are creaming it off. Global Justice Now reports that “consultancy firms, including Adam Smith International (ASI), are ‘taking an ever increasing share of the aid budget and enjoying generous profit margins.’ In 2014 alone, the Department for International Development (DfID) spent £90 million through ASI, which is twice what DfID spent tackling HIV and Aids.”

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Selling space - Britain's public spaces going private

When strolling in parks and squares, you could be forgiven for thinking that they are all publicly owned. But more and more public spaces are being bought by private companies and although the public is still allowed to use them, there are restrictions. We speak to Will Self and the Conservative MP for Croydon South - Chris Philp - a member of the Treasury Select Committee.