Privatisation within the UK health service is nothing new for it was there before the NHS was created in 1948 and was allowed to be there after the NHS was created in 1948.
How come, well before 1948 all GP services and Dental practices were all private organisations and they did not wish to lose this when joining the NHS, So with the BMA, (British Medical Association), doctors and dentists voted to not join the NHS. By this it would have meant creating the NHS would have been difficult and may not have been possible and therefore everyone would continue to pay their GP distectly for all health treatments. In fact hospitals were run by GPs, so in effect all hospital treatments, would, most likely have to be paid for directly by the patients.
Not what the Labour Government and the Beveridge Report 1942
wanted, so a compromise was found, which allowed GPs and Hospitals consultants to retain their private practices , while signing contracts to work for the NHS, thereby the private practices were allowed to continue, which to this day they continue to do so.
It was, of course, envisaged that the private practices would stay with the GPs and Dentists partners, who ever they were at a particular time.
But, over time large organisations have been allowed to take over some of these practices, which is now allowing American companies to gain more of a ‘foothold’ in the NHS.
But, as the article states each acquisition has to be approved by the local CCG, (Clinical Commission Group), who, currently, hold the health funding and distribute it to all areas within the health services within the area administered by the local CCGs. However, CCGs, themselves could be taken over, as stated in the new White Paper, Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all
The new ICSs, (Integrated Care Services) will replace the CCGs, so instead of 135 CCGs there will be 42 IGSs throughout England. The ICSs have been around since 2018, but should the ‘White Paper’ be formed into an Act and then becomes law, then the ICSs will gain more powers.