Well here is interesting news (from The Guardian of Wed 24th Oct). “More than 300 GPs have ended their partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Care to provide healthcare services after criticism that the arrangements might see doctors personally profit from sending patients to clinics they part-own under the coalition’s health reforms.” This is exactly the kind of conflict of interest that people have been warning about since the bill to privatise the NHS was passed back in the spring.
I assume (but cannot confirm) that this includes the 15 GP surgeries in Wiltshire that are partnered with Virgin Care. This is particularly important as the Chair of the new Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is a senior GP from a Virgin Care ‘Partner’ Surgery.
So it looks like one small step in the fight against the rapidly increasing take over of the NHS by the vested interests of big business.