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Fight is on to get US privateers out of GP surgeries, says Corbyn

THE fight is on to get profiteering US privateers out of GP surgeries, Jeremy Corbyn told campaigners in north London at the weekend.

At a meeting seeking to overturn the takeover by health insurance giant Centene of two practices in Islington, the former Labour leader said he had worked hard before the 2019 election to ensure that the party pledged to renationalise the NHS.

He said: “This American company does not care about the healthcare of local people: it cares about making profits for its shareholders.” 

Islington Councillor Anjna Khurana, a patient at one of the practices and a claimant in a judicial review against the decision to allow the takeover, said: “This is about all of us, this can’t happen in secret, without explanation, we need to challenge it.”

Centene, through British subsidiary Operose, has already won control of 70 GP practices across England, according to meeting co-organisers We Own It.

The campaign group’s Johnbosco Nwogbo said: “It’s abundantly clear that the public don’t support our GP practices being taken over by profit-hungry companies looking to make a quick buck from our healthcare.”

A petition to oust Centene from the NHS is at weownit.org.uk/act-now/stop-sell-49-gp-practices

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