On the 1 August, Circle Health celebrated the 6 month anniversary of its take over of the first NHS Hospital with a sequenced blitz of good news stories. The BBC swallowed them up, unquestioningly, and reurgitated Circle press releases like they were Papal decrees. The Daily Telegraph did likewise. For a flavour of what they reported, you can see (here, here, and here). They pieces can be best summed up as follows "We are performing so amazing at Hinchingbrooke that we deserve to be given more NHS hospital".
Today, less than 3 months on, that argument is dead. Circle Health have failed to deliver at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in ways that have even surprised me....The Green Benches
It's official. The first privatised NHS hospital is failing.
Dr Éoin Clarke