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Labour will cap private providers’ profits on NHS work at 5%

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1730
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The Labour Party has promised to cap profits at 5% on outsourced healthcare contracts worth over £500 000 (€680 000; $740 000), as part of its newly launched general election campaign.

Doctors’ leaders have, however, reacted to the proposal with scepticism, saying that it could be unworkable in practice and that it might be another “sticking plaster solution” that did not go far enough.

Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, launched his party’s election campaign on 27 March in a speech given in London, in which he said that Labour would guarantee that local health services would no longer be threatened by marketisation and privatisation and that there would be extra investment for the NHS.

Labour’s proposals include the plan to …

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