‘Like an A&E run by Virgin Active’: Physiotherapy Firm Awarded £86m NHS Mental Health Contract

Novara Media, June 2019

A private company with next to no track record in delivering mental health services is to takeover an NHS contract worth £86m, in an unprecedented example of escalating privatisation within Britain’s healthcare system.

The NHS primary care mental health service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire has been given to a private company called Physiotherapy Solutions Limited in a contract worth £86 million, taking it away from a non-profit provider with more than a decade’s experience delivering a service it designed to be as close to NHS provision as possible.

Vicki Palmer, CEO of current provider Oasis-Talk, told Novara Media she believes the decision to give the contract to Physiotherapy Solutions Limited, “puts at risk 20,000 people a year who need well-coordinated, clinically effective services to meet growing mental health needs”…

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