NHS GP practice operator with 500,000 patients passes into hands of US health insurer
26th February 2021 - The Guardian
One of the UK’s biggest GP practice operators has quietly passed into the hands of the US health insurance group Centene Corporation, prompting calls for an official investigation into what campaigners claim is “privatisation of the NHS by stealth”.
The merger is expected to create the largest private supplier of GP services in the UK, with 58 practices covering half a million patients.
A coalition of doctors, campaigners and academics has voiced concerns in a letter sent this week to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, asking him to order an investigation by the Care Quality Commission.
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