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1: “We Own It” video and petition
2: Demand that your MP signs the Early Day Motion 1628
3: Update from National KONP
4: Interview with GP Dt Jackie Applebee
5: GP privatisation in North Tyneside
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Centene Corporation takes over more GP practices
Centene Corporation, an American health insurance giant, has recently taken over AT Medics, a primary care provider responsible for 49 GP surgeries and over 370,000 patients in the Greater London area.
Before these new acquisitions Operose Health, Centene’s UK subsidiary, was already running GP practices in Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Luton, Birmingham, etc. totalling 21 surgeries and practices.
With a total of 70 GP surgeries and practices, Centene is almost certainly the largest single provider of NHS primary care in England. Check whether your GP surgery is now owned by Centene.
Even the Daily Mail has called Centene a “profit greedy American health giant”. Sign the petition and oppose the take-over of our GP surgeries by Centene or any other corporation.
Your GP’s surgery might be next – wherever you live
Listen to Johnbosco Nwogbo from “We Own It”:
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Demand that your MP signs the Early Day Motion 1628
“That this House expresses alarm that Operose, a subsidiary of US health company Centene, has taken over AT Medics which has a large number of APMS contracts, including 49 GP practices; is concerned that the prioritisation of profit in the provision of NHS services will lead to a loss of more GP surgeries, will hurt the quality of care patients receive, and will further undermine the pay and conditions of those who work in GP surgeries and in the NHS; and calls for all outsourcing to the profit-driven private health sector to end and for the NHS to be returned to a publicly funded, publicly provided, comprehensive health care service, available to all that is free at the point of delivery.”
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From National KONP
Centene: Undemocratic takeover of GP services
This is Trowbridge surgery in Hackney Wick. It is one of 11 GP surgeries in NE London and 49 across London that have just been sold to Operose, a subsidiary of Centene, which is a huge US health insurance corporate. This was all done with no public debate and no say for patients.
The expansion of Operose has raised concerns among campaigners who believe the take over demonstrates how much the role of private companies in the NHS has been strengthened in recent years, and may be further strengthened still.
Dr Jackie Applebee, chair of Doctors in Unite said: “We have been warning for years that US healthcare firms are circling to swoop on the NHS. Our fears are dismissed by politicians and senior NHS managers. The public are constantly told that the NHS is not being privatised.
“The advent of Centene onto the general practice landscape reveals yet again, that this is a lie. In reality the NHS is being parcelled up and sold off under the radar.”
Politicians recently claimed that the leaked Health and Care White Paper would reduce privatisation. However, Centene, the huge corporate behind this take-over, is one of a host of mainly US companies already accredited under the government’s new plans as part of the so-called ‘Health Systems Support Framework’. Companies in this list are likely to receive huge contracts to deliver the new structure proposed in the White Paper. Even before the new White Paper becomes law, this devastating take-over shows how easily and secretly a huge US corporate can take over even our local GP surgeries – the most familiar and valued part of our NHS.
This article was written by Marion Macalpine member of Hackney Keep Our NHS Public
Hear GP Dr Jackie Applebee describe the privatisation takeover in London
And in the North East??
In the summer of 2020, North Tyneside CCG saw fit to award a contract to the private firm Livi to carry out virtual consultations in Primary Care in North Tyneside. Whilst this is claimed to be a one year pilot scheme, and it is to be seen as an addition to the usual GP clinical work, it is undoubtedly part of a very slippery privatisation slope: Livi claims to be Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider.
THIS CONTRACT MUST NOT BE RENEWED IN 2021. ….YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED URGENTLY
Centene: Open Letter from London local leaders (MPs, Peers, Councillors & Assembly members) to CCGs (3rd April 2021) Click here
The Mirror (1st April 2021) Former private health firm chief ‘given job’ as No10 advisor
Private Eye (March 2021) A Practice Run
We Own It video (31st March 2021) Three reasons why Centene is bad for your local GP practice
We Own It video (2nd April 2021) Centene is taking over GP practices
Keep Our NHS Public (31st March 2021) Centene will see you now
CK 999 Call for the NHS (27th March 2021) Stop the race to legislate for corporate control of our NHS
Keep Our NHS Public (19th March 2021) But aren’t all GPs private anyway?
The Lowdown (25th February 2021) Campaigners write to Hancock requesting investigation of Centene takeover of London GP surgeries
We Own It Reinstate our NHS
Labour Hub (23rd February 2021) Centene gets a foothold in GP surgeries across London
The Lowdown (4th February 2021) US company in takeover of network of GP practices
GP Online (18th February 2021) US company’s subsidiary to hold nearly 1% of GP contracts in England
Daily Mail (12th May 2018) A profit-greedy American health giant and why Connie, 89, and thousands like her in Britain, have suddenly lost their local GP
OpenDemocracy (24th February 2015) What’s happening to my local GP? Carrots, sticks, and the long game of NHS privatisation