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National Health Service Fire-Sale

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user1496225799 Wed 31-May-17 11:55:10

When Mrs May was interviewed by Andrew Neil last week she said she fully supported the Naylor Report. After a little searching I've since found out that this means that NHS assets are being given to a private company called NHS Property Services who have been advised to sell all NHS assets (land & buildings) ASAP in a BOGOF type deal where they are sold below market value and the goverment gives them the same ££ value as an incentive (this will equate to billions). Any Primary Care trust who refuses to hand over their assets will be refused government funding, and charged 3.5% of their value annually!

The company dealing with the sales are ironically called Bevan Brittan. I don't know about you but I think this is a disgrace. They are selling our NHS and privatising it. I've read so many horror stories of comfortably off families in the US with medical insurance who end up bankrupt because they've had the misfortune of becomming ill, or a loved one has. I'm sorry but I really don't think we can afford 5 more years of Tory rule.

The whole report (Naylor Review) was added to the website on 31st March which is apparently the last day of the NHS financial year, and busiest day for document releases, so has been overlooked by journalists. The Youtube video gives a brief explanation.

rosie39forever Wed 31-May-17 19:34:00


PookieDo Wed 31-May-17 21:22:29

Without looking into this too much most NHS properties are PFI now and managed by a consortium or NHSPS, who then contract out the running of a building (so the estates issues) and health care services then pay rent.

Trust me I am not a conservative voter but IMO (long NHS service) the NHS did not manage to run building services well by themselves. They were run down and dilapidated with little care given to them. It is really hard for a health care org to also manage estates issues on large buildings. This way the estates management element is included in the rental agreement and in return services receive newer buildings with good maintenance levels. Where I work (in a PFI building) many different trusts rent parts of one large building and this is managed by one company. It does work. We now do not employ any estates management and focus entirely on providing the healthcare.

I think this is behind the story of this 'news' but I am happy to be corrected.

user1496225799 Thu 01-Jun-17 08:06:08

I don't feel qualified to answer in too much depth, but I think there is a slight of hand going on with the governments intentions given that the NHS is now in crisis. Afterall, seven years ago most NHS trusts were in the black, but now they are almost all in the red, being closed, or failing. And for the first time in my lifetime we've had doctors going on strike, with a planned nurses strike because of chronic underfunding. The extra funding that the government has said is going into the NHS is being diverted to pay for these PFI deals, and not to fund the actual working of the NHS.

These two sites have further discussion on the subject. Most of the people discussing this appear to be more knowledgeable in this area than me, and their insight appears to come from academic and economic backgrounds. The overall gist of it is that this is privatisation through the back door using 'PFI on steroids' as one person describes it. It makes for very interesting, and depressing reading.

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