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Private equity firms are invited to get involved with commissioning

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6694 (Published 05 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6694
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Health campaigners have reacted angrily to reports that private equity companies have been approached to help run organisations that advise the NHS on purchasing billions of pounds of healthcare services in England.

The Financial Times reported on 4 November1 that several companies had been approached by the NHS about the possibility of taking over or merging with 19 commissioning support units (CSUs), set up under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to advise clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on NHS spending.

NHS England told the BMJ that it had held “exploratory” talks with potential providers and investors from the private and voluntary sectors to discuss how they may become involved in the organisations, which provide services such as contract …

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