Thursday, February 18, 2010

Debt-ridden UK Hospital to be run by a private company

A debt-ridden NHS hospital is to be taken over and run by a private company in what will be a groundbreaking departure for healthcare provision in England
David Worskett, director of the NHS Partners Network at the NHS Confederation, said such a level of private provision was to be welcomed. “The NHS faces two huge problems. One is its finances and the need to improve productivity and the other is the means of finding innovative new ways of delivering care.

“Hinchingbrooke shows us that there are hospitals using conventional NHS approaches and, with all the will in the world, have not been able to make it work. The only way to preserve this hospital is to look to people who have the greatest chances of innovation and improvement. This is the start of something that will develop on a larger scale in years to come.”