27 April 2021
Following the recent unprecedented takeover of 49 NHS GP practices in London by Centene Corporation, We Own It and 22 other organisations representing doctors, pensioners, housing advocates, public service users and NHS patients have launched the London Patient Protection Pledge.
If you're a London Assembly or Mayoral candidate, please read and take the pledge.
Centene Corporation is a US health insurance company with a track record of bad practices. This includes being found guilty of “systematically” underpaying doctors and depriving patients they sold health insurance to access to doctors and health centres.
Studies show that GP practices run by private firms are worse for patients than those run by traditional GP partnerships. Patients express higher levels of satisfaction with GP practices that are not run for profit.
Centene’s track record suggests that profits will come before patients in their operations in London. This means that the quality of care that patients receive will suffer and London’s health inequalities could deepen even further.
Judith Cazorla Rodenas
Kirsten de Keyser
Len Duvall AM