NHS for sale? Yes, says Labour Mr Corbyn. No, says Tory Mr Cleverly
But a subtle change in the question of what’s for sale, ie NHS services, produces a resounding yes. Just ask anyone in Lancashire/West Lancashire about Virgincare!
A new procurement framework that provides the entire public sector with a simple and legally-compliant means of purchasing cloud solutions has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS).
The innovative Cloud Solutions Framework helps the NHS, local authorities, police, educational establishments, and any other public sector organisation, to access the highest-quality cloud services at best value-for-money from 24 carefully selected suppliers.
The streamlined and OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) compliant route to market enables any public body to simplify and quicken the procurement process via four different Lots, covering a wide range of cloud support that includes both bespoke and off-the-shelf solutions.
Established by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in a unique partnership with digital experts Sopra Steria, Headquarters Annecy-le-Vieux (France). “We deliver modern corporate services to the NHS, which improve efficiency and quality, save time and money, and support world-class patient care”.
Since being formed in 2005 we have grown to become one of the largest and most successful shared service providers in the world and are internationally renowned in our field.
Today we provide finance, procurement, ICT and employment services to around 40% of the NHS. Over 140 healthcare providers and arm’s length bodies and every single commissioning organisation in the country – trust us to manage at least one of their corporate functions. Our revenue “Between £2-£5 billion (GBP) per year”.
Paris, 25 October 2019 – Sopra Steria Group generated revenue of €1,039.0 million in the third quarter of 2019, representing growth of 9.2%. At constant scope and exchange rates, revenue grew 8.3%.
• Revenue for Q3 up 9.2% to €1,039.0m with organic growth of 8.3% at constant scope and exchange rates
• Revenue for France totalled €427.8 million, corresponding to organic growth of 9.0%
• Other Europe reporting unit posted organic growth of 6.3%, with revenue coming to €281.9 million
• Sopra Banking Software generated revenue of €104.5 million with organic growth came of 12.1%, thanks to some extent to a favourable comparison basis pertaining to progress adjustments made on certain projects in the third quarter of 2018 (for a negative amount of €10 million).
This size and scope means we are the leaders in our field, with unrivalled knowledge and experience that helps NHS organisations overcome many of the day-to-day challenges they face. We are continually investing in corporate services on behalf of the NHS. Our new digital solutions and automation programmes are delivering faster and more accurate ways of working, and an enhanced, more intuitive user experience.
Mr Cleverly states “The NHS buying services is literally the opposite of it “being sold”. With up to £5billion in its revenue for 40% of the NHS that isn’t for sale, Sopra Steria looks like a great investment? Basic earnings per share came to €3.0, up 58.3% compared with the first-half 2018 level of €1.9.