Health: Private Sector

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of government expenditure on health care has been paid to private sector organisations in 2020-21 to date.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

As of the beginning of November 2020, 937 contracts worth an estimated £17.8 billion have been awarded by the Department and its executive agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for a wide range of products and services including personal protective equipment, the Test and Trace initiative, ventilators, IT, logistics and medicines.

In July, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an extra £31.9 billion of support for health services to respond to COVID-19. At the end of September he announced an additional £16.4 billion for health services.

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