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The Socialist 25 October 2017

Tories punish the poor

The Socialist issue 968

Socialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination


1967 Abortion Act reflected social changes


Kurdish referendum declared illegal


Universal Credit chaos: Tories punish the poor

Fearful Tories mull borrowing to build

Kids wait 18 months for mental healthcare

Profit-driven pesticide use now threatens life

Profiteering NHS counter-fraud firm in alleged case of... fraud

Them & us

What we saw: May on Facebook


Aslef members must reject poor Southern Rail offer

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

NSSN meeting brings together workers in struggle

Manchester lecturers walk out


Hear from socialists involved in struggles the world over at the Socialism 2017 Saturday rally

Angry east London residents organise against threat to leisure centre

Trade unionists march to defend 650 local jobs

Bad Art's Leicester event

Storm Brian cannot withstand working-class anger


Well-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

Film - Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

New musical on life of Castro

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Profiteering NHS counter-fraud firm in alleged case of... fraud

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Jon Dale, Secretary, Unite EM/NG32 Notts NHS branch (personal capacity)

A massive consultancy firm paid to run NHS counter-fraud services has just escaped prosecution - for alleged fraud.

PwC is at the heart of many privatisation programmes, often writing reports used by NHS management to justify privatisation. A three-year inquiry by internal investigator NHS Protect found evidence showing restricted workforce data was supplied to PwC, according to Health Service Journal. PwC allegedly used this in the process of winning and delivering contracts with NHS providers.

NHS Protect submitted its file to the Crown Prosecution Service in May. The CPS has now - conveniently - decided there was not enough evidence to prove criminal fraud.

Investigators allege PwC obtained the data from an NHS employee. It would have used this to win contracts and consultancy work with 20 trusts between 2010 and 2014.

When asked by Health Service Journal, PwC would not comment on which members of its senior management were aware the company was using restricted data improperly.

PwC certainly ought to be expert on the whole issue of fraud. It runs 'Fraud Academy' - "to help prevent, detect and investigate fraud and economic crime in all their many forms."

After years of privatisation of NHS services, PwC is completely embedded in the spider's web of 'public-private partnerships'.

For example, NHS Litigation Authority's local counter-fraud specialist - to whom suspected fraud should be reported - was a PwC employee. This post has since changed hands to the big outsourcing and accountancy firm RSM UK, and the NHS Litigation Authority is now called NHS Resolution.

The chair of PwC's Health Industries Oversight Board is Alan Milburn. He was health secretary in Tony Blair's government. One more reason why Jeremy Corbyn's Labour must completely break with the Blairites, and pledge to bring all privatised NHS services back into public ownership.

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    This article was amended on 26 October 2017 to reflect the change in the private firm providing counter-fraud services and the NHS Litigation Authority's name.


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    What we think

    Socialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination


    Women

    1967 Abortion Act reflected social changes


    International socialist news and analysis

    Kurdish referendum declared illegal


    Socialist Party news and analysis

    Universal Credit chaos: Tories punish the poor

    Fearful Tories mull borrowing to build

    Kids wait 18 months for mental healthcare

    Profit-driven pesticide use now threatens life

    Profiteering NHS counter-fraud firm in alleged case of... fraud

    Them & us

    What we saw: May on Facebook


    Workplace news and analysis

    Aslef members must reject poor Southern Rail offer

    Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

    NSSN meeting brings together workers in struggle

    Manchester lecturers walk out


    Socialist Party reports and campaigns

    Hear from socialists involved in struggles the world over at the Socialism 2017 Saturday rally

    Angry east London residents organise against threat to leisure centre

    Trade unionists march to defend 650 local jobs

    Bad Art's Leicester event

    Storm Brian cannot withstand working-class anger


    Socialist readers' comments and reviews

    Well-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

    Film - Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

    New musical on life of Castro

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