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1: “We Own It” video and petition
2: Judicial Review, February 2022
3: Early Day Motion
4: What does a patient cost? Watch this excellent (5 minute) video
5: Update from National KONP
6: Interview with GP Dt Jackie Applebee
7: GP Crisis – Who’s to blame?
8: GP privatisation in North Tyneside
“We Own It” petition
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”:
to watch “3 reasons why Centene is bad for your local GP practice”
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Update: Judicial Review, February 2022
Islington patient and local councillor, Anjna Khurana has launched a judicial review to challenge the decision by North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group to allow Operose Health to take over existing NHS contracts to run GP surgeries in her area.
Operose Health is a subsidiary of the US health giant, the Centene Corporation. Anjna is being represented by Leigh Day and she is backed by campaigners in Keep Our NHS Public, 999 Call for the NHS and We Own It. Two crowdjustice appeals have already raised more than £75,000 to cover legal and other costs.
A decision in this case will affect equivalent decisions made by 12 other Clinical Commissioning Groups. In all, 49 GP practices, covering 375,000 patients, have been affected.
The case will go ahead on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 February at the Royal Courts of Justice.
for information about this development from the organisers
Early Day Motion
“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.”
Primary Sponsor: Aspana Begum MP
for details, a link to the Motion, and to check out other sponsors and supporters….did your MP support this??
Click here to read the response from Mary Glindon MP (North Tyneside) on 31st March 2021
What does a patient cost?
Watch this excellent video from a number of health Campaign groups. It clearly presents the background and current situation – all in under 5 minutes….
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
GP Crisis – Who’s to blame?
“GPs have seen 196.8m people so far in 2021 – up 10% on previous years”
The Guardian (22nd October 2021) Five charts that show how the NHS is under acute pressure
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 was claimed to be a one year pilot scheme, and was to be seen as an addition to the usual GP clinical work, it was undoubtedly part of the very slippery privatisation slope: Livi claims to be Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider.
THIS CONTRACT WAS RENEWED IN THE SUMMER OF 2021, FOR A FURTHER 6 MONTHS, PENDING PROCUREMENT OF A MORE PERMANENT SERVICE. KONPNE are disappointed in the action of North Tyneside CCG in their ongoing association with this private healthcare business; there is no place in our NHS for an outfit which focuses on profits and shareholders rather than patients.
Observer (27th November 2022) Stress, exhaustion and 1,000 patients a day: the life of an English GP
The Guardian (23rd November 2022) Severely ill refusing sicknotes as they cannot afford time off, says GPs’ head
The Guardian (21st November 2022) Rishi Sunak is registered with private GP practice offering £250 consultations
The Guardian (18th September 2022) There is no end point to the work of a GP – it is an almost impossible job to do well
The Guardian (13th April 2022) Third of GPs in England want to quit within five years, survey finds
The Lowdown (24th March 2022) GPs call for a Rebuild of General Practice
The Guardian (21st March 2022) Over 80% of UK GPs think patients are at risk in their surgery, survey finds
The Guardian (22nd February 2022) ‘In my 30 years as a GP, the profession has been horribly eroded’
The Lowdown (8th February 2022) Are GPs already privatised or still part of the NHS?
The Guardian (2nd February 2022) US healthcare giant’s takeover of GP practices lands in high court
London Post (25th January 2022) Takeover of London GP practices by private US healthcare company set for landmark judicial review
The Guardian (25th January 2022) The hidden life of a GP: angry patients, anti-vaxxers, extreme goodwill and exhaustion
OpenDemocracy (25th November 2021) Website for booking NHS appointments offers mostly private healthcare
The Guardian (12th November 2021) GPs dispute Javid’s claim lack of appointments is overloading A&Es
The Guardian (2nd November 2021) No 10 set to break promise of 6,000 more GPs in England, Sajid Javid says
The Lowdown (18th October 2021) Javid focuses on pharmacies to help GP workload
The Guardian (2nd October 2021) Doctors, receptionists and practice teams quit after wave of hostility over GP appointments
The Lowdown (6th September 2021) GPs endure relentless workload and abuse
Camden New Journal (3rd September 2021) ‘Victory’ for pen power in controversial GP surgeries takeover
National KONP (1st June 2021) Rosa Curling from Foxglove re storeage of NHS data
Socialist Health Association (10th May 2021) Centene: The real agenda
British Medical Journal (21st April 2021) Does it matter who owns general practice?
Left Foot Forward (20th April 2021) “Privatisation by stealth”: Dozens of MPs slam private takeover of 49 GP practices
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
BJGP (24th March 2021) The privatisation of primary care: how a US corporation commands the largest GP practice network in the UK
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
We Own It (22nd March 2021) Aren’t all GPs private anyway?
The Lowdown (20th March 2021) How do GPs fit into the 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