Responding to Carillion going into liquidation, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“This will inevitably cause disruption to the NHS at a time when it is already under considerable pressure.
“This also raises many questions about the current PFI deals Carillion are involved in but also about outsourcing NHS provision to the private sector. This is a classic example of what can happen when these deals go wrong – services collapse and taxpayers are expected to foot the bill. The BMA has always said that PFIs, and tendering out NHS services, are a drain on the public purse, with private companies gaining at the expense of taxpayers and patients.
“We urgently need government to provide clarity around what happens next and assurances that the hospitals affected will continue to be able to provide high quality services for patients.”
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