Secrets Of The NHS

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’ –, 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.