The London Patient Protection Pledge
Centene, the US health insurance company, through its UK subsidiary Operose Healthcare, has recently taken over 49 GP practices across Greater London.
I am deeply troubled by the implications of these takeovers for the quality of patient care and for the pay and conditions for GP practice staff.
I worry that this could increase health inequalities for Londoners.
Operose’s track record of closing GP practices for not being profitable here in the UK, as well as their owner’s (Centene’s) own track record in the US of being found guilty of underpayment of doctors and underprovision of doctors for patients, suggests Londoners’ primary health care needs should not be put in Centene’s hands.
I, therefore, oppose the takeover of GP practices in London by Centene’s subsidiary, Operose Healthcare.
If elected, I will fight to take back our NHS GP practices from Centene and oppose any other takeovers by profit-driven private corporations.
If elected, I will also fight against the privatisation of the NHS at every opportunity I have as a London Assembly member or as Mayor of London.
Here are the candidates that have taken the pledge:
Judith Cazorla Rodenas
Kirsten de Keyser
Len Duvall AM