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MPs demand to know full cost of failed Hinchingbrooke trust franchise

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1541 (Published 19 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1541
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs have called on the government to reveal how much the failure of the first private company to run an NHS hospital will cost the taxpayer.

The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee published a report on 18 March1 as an update on the situation at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Cambridge.

In February 2012 a private health company, Circle, took operational control of the trust, becoming the first such company to run an NHS hospital, but in January of this year it announced that it intended to withdraw from the contract,2 just three years into the 10 year franchise. It expects to hand back responsibility for running the trust to the NHS by the end of this month.

The Hinchingbrooke trust is a small district general hospital with nearly 1500 staff and in 2013-14 had an annual income of …

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