Privatisation doesn't work example number 184,483: The NHS's 111 non-emergency telephone helpline.
NHS Direct, which had run the predecessor service to the 111 helpline before it was broken up and put out to tender by the Conservative Government, said its involvement in the new service had become financially unsustainable, and four month after it was set up, has handed over responsibility for 11 of the 46 regional contracts for which it was responsible.
NHS Direct had worked on the assumption that it would cost on average £13 per call to cover salaries and other expenses for employees, but then found the actual payment it was receiving for its services was closer to £8.
The Britih Medical Association decribed the nonemergency sytem "an abject failure" and said some part of the NHS 111 service are now in chaos, and urgent action is needed to prevent this from having tragic consequences for patients."
Not surpringly the PM, the same one who ppromised us the NHS was safe in his hand, or any of the Government minterd who supported abandoning the former public service, was available for comment.
Privatiation, always has been and always be an awful idea.