'More than 100,000 people have backed a petition calling on Richard Branson’s Virgin Care to stop “dragging the NHS through the courts”.
Campaigners opposed to the privatisation of NHS services launched the campaign after it was revealed that the Virgin Group has accrued more than £2bn in health services contracts in the past five years.
In response to previous criticism, the billionaire said that he had not taken a dividend from Virgin Care’s activities. When it does turn a profit for him, he pledged to invest 100 per cent of it into the NHS.
The petition, by campaign organisation 38 degrees, has gathered 107,898 signatures in a matter of days.
It says: “Dear Richard Branson, I’ve seen the news that Virgin Care has been awarded £2 billion pounds of NHS contracts in the last few years. As if this wasn’t enough money, your business has also made millions of pounds worth of taxpayers money, by suing our NHS.
“Enough is enough. Will you publicly commit to ending your approach of dragging our NHS through the courts for even more money? The British public wants the NHS to be spending money on healthcare, not costly court battles.
Research published by the NHS Support Foundation in January showed that the group had £1bn in NHS contracts in 2016/17 alone.
Despite his claims that the NHS business was not making him any money, revenues recorded by subsidiary Virgin Care Services increased 50 per cent in the last financial year, making £8m in profit on the back of NHS outsourcing.'
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