One of our local residents was recently surprised to learn that her urgent health care services in Scarborough are provided by a private agency called Yorkshire Doctors Urgent Care. The confusion arose because she assumed that the NHS logo used by these providers meant that she would be attended to by NHS public service staff. Instead, it turned out that Yorkshire Doctors Urgent Care is part of the private sector Vocare Group, which in turn is part of Totally plc.
This for-profit company as stated on the London Stock Exchange website “is committed to pursuing a progressive buy-and-build consolidation strategy within the fragmented healthcare market and looks to capitalise on the attractive opportunities that its disruptive service model offers, to generate value to shareholders” (https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/TLY/totally-secures-c-ps2-6m-contract-extension/15311798).
These aggressive business models are being allowed to flourish on the back of the NHS, for example by profiting from hiring staff trained by the NHS and through the use of the NHS logo on private provider websites. The distinction between public and private healthcare is increasingly blurred. How long before the trend cannot be reversed?
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