DAUK has called for urgent government action to stop the harmful effects caused by outsourcing of NHS services to private providers. A report showing this, published in the Lancet, was also quoted in the Guardian.
NHS outsourcing grew from 3.9% to more than 6.4% between 2013 and 2020. In total, £11.5bn was handed to private companies over the period.
The analysis shows that an annual increase in outsource spending of 1% is associated with a rise in treatable mortality of 0.38% – or 0.29 deaths per 100,000 people – the following year.