Category Archives: Health

High Court rules Virgin Care can take over health services at Sittingbourne, Sheppey, Gravesend and Dartford

Health bosses have confirmed the switch to Virgin Care is to go ahead after a six-month delay which has cost the NHS thousands of pounds in legal fees. Richard Branson’s private medical company was awarded the £128.4m contract to provide community care to Sittingbourne and Sheppey, Gravesend and Dartford in January. It should have taken… Continue reading »

Warning to Europe: how TTIP threatens public health care and pensions

By Michael Hudson. From a speech to SANICADEMIA on May 10, 2016 in Villach, Austria for the 5th International Congress on Geriatrics and Gerontology and the 59th Austrian Convention for Hospital Management: “We’re Living Longer: The healthcare challenges for today and tomorrow.” The most obvious approach to look at how European care for the elderly… Continue reading »

Virgin’s £128.4m community care takeover on hold

Virgin’s £128.4m community care takeover on hold as Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust mounts legal challenge Virgin Care’s £128.4 million bid to take over adult community care for parts of Kent has been put on hold. Richard Branson’s private care group was to have taken over work at Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital and Sheppey Community Hospital… Continue reading »

Anger as government blocks TTIP legal documents relating to health service

The controversial trade deal between Europe and the US has come under further fire after campaigners accused the government of blocking access to legal advice that shows its impact on the health service. Campaigners warned on Tuesday that the legal documents could reveal the extent to which private health companies can sue the government using a… Continue reading »