The If you are a regular reader of health service news, you may not have made the connection with the demise of Carillion and your particular part of the UK Health Service. The different trusts have made their low paid staff become employees of Carillion. The savings in pensions as well as pay are then compounded by asking the service provider to cut costs by 35%. Result, instead of the Health Services going bust, Carillion does.
Patients were put at risk of cancer and other serious harm because of a botched £330 million NHS outsourcing deal, the spending watchdog has found.
An attempt at cost-cutting has led to more than two years of chaos in back-office services for GPs, opticians and dentists, the National Audit Office said.
Dozens of women were wrongly told that they no longer needed cervical cancer screening and incompetent staff may have been allowed to carry on practising, the report concludes.
The outsourcing company Capita and NHS England are still bickering about the deal, leading to failures including a backlog of half a million patient registrations, the NAO warns.
“Trying to slash costs by more than a third at the same time as implementing a raft of modernisation measures . . . potentially put patients at risk of serious harm,” Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the public accounts committee, said.