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My health centre as an ‘asset’

26 February, 2021

• I DIDN’T know that my health centre in Somers Town had become part of a job lot (what was it, buy four get one free?) of “assets” to be flogged off like a used car to any passing American corporation that wagged its finger, (The great GP surgery takeover).

Haven’t we got our own, home-grown, corporate parasites?

Nor, in my innocence, did I know that it was already “controlled” by another company, AT Medics, who had “shares” in something I pay for and thought I owned, for the common weal, called the National Health Service.

But no. It is now in the hands of a corporation based in Missouri and whose CEO was paid something like $25million in 2019, for what I don’t know.

But it wasn’t for wanting to run a health centre in Somers Town without squeezing every last drop of “value” from it. All this in secret.

This may not be criminally corrupt; but I think it is corrupt. Centene Corp now has unlimited access to the intimate medical data of over 300,000 people regardless of any consent to monetise as it pleases.

KEN JONES, NW1

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