Accusation comes after Health Secretary claimed "there would be no privatisation of the NHS under my watch".
'Labour has warned that the UK Government’s agenda of privatising the NHS has come one step closer, after the Tories tendered £35 MILLION in new contracts to private comanies in just SIX weeks.
Labour has slammed the Health Secretary after it emerged the Tories have tendered 19 new NHS contracts since mid-February.
Further analysis undertaken for Labour reveals that a total of 21 NHS contracts, worth a staggering £127 million, are currently out to tender, including a £91 million contract to run an NHS 111/Clinical Assessment Service in the South East of England.
On 19 February 2019, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, demanded the Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP block private companies from securing 26 NHS contracts worth over £128 million, in spite of his apparent insistence that “there would be no privatisation of the NHS under my watch.”
Mr Ashworth will today accuse the Health Secretary of breaking his promise and demand that he prioritises ending privatisation of the NHS by keeping these contracts in public hands.
The 2012 Health and Social Care Act obliges NHS CCGs in England to tender out any contract worth over £615,278.
Labour claim this has led to a huge increase in the number of NHS contracts awarded to profit-driven firms such as Virgin Care.
In 2017/18, £8.8bn of the health service budget went to private sector contractors, an 50% increase compared with 2009/10.
Labour say the Health Secretary previously endorsed Access MyDentist, a private firm profiting from patients who cannot access an NHS dentist due to cuts.'
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