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NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 4:17 pm on 23rd May 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health 4:17 pm, 23rd May 2018

I will make a bit of progress because Mr Deputy Speaker has asked me to do so.

I say to the Secretary of State that, if he is prepared to legislate, we will support him because we know that, when things go wrong in the private sector—often these hospitals have no intensive care units—it is the NHS that has to step in and act as a safety net, with patients often being transferred from a private hospital to an NHS hospital. That risk has been estimated to cost the NHS £60 million.