Letter to the Matlock Mercury on 25/02/2021
Letter to the Matlock Mercury on 25/02/2021

Centene, a large American health insurance company, has become active in Britain. In 2018, the company took control of a group of surgeries in Essex, including Osler House Surgery, which had been serving its community since 1955.

Centene closed Osler House Surgery soon after it had gained control of it, leaving thousands of residents having to drive for 40 minutes to see their GP.  Actions such as this illustrate that it is profit margins rather than patient care that is the company’s focus. Even the Daily Mail described Centene as being “profit greedy.” Centene has, in the last few years taken over NHS surgeries in Nottingham, Basingstoke, Milton Keynes and Leeds.  It has since added a further 49 NHS GP practices to its portfolio. Local GP surgeries here in the Derbyshire Dales could soon become part of Centene’s portfolio.

Boris Johnson’s pledge to protect the NHS from being taken over by American companies is proving to be worthless.  Centene may well prove to be Johnson’s Trojan Horse that allows American access to the NHS. I urge your readers to write to Sarah Dines, their local MP, asking her to work with the Local Commissioning Groups to bring a halt to Centene’s, and any other American groups’ ambitions to take control of the NHS.

Yours sincerely

Ed Runham

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