Much fuss at the moment about the PET-CT scanner at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Has In Health, a private company, taken it over or has it not? Who knows? Much opprobrium heaped on the government and its privatisation policy.
But a paper by Tom Moberly, editor of the BMJ (once the British Medical Journal) casts new light on the issue (‘NHS joint working with industry is out of public sight’ – www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l1353), To be sure, commercial confidentiality weighs heavy when NHS health trusts are negotiating with private companies, but NHS health trusts, which have a legal responsibility to inform and involve the public, tend to be the secretive ones. The private sector is relatively open about what is going on. Murky indeed.