“This third way seeks a partnership between government and business but this time limited to certain key specific objectives, whose aim is not to undermine the market but to enhance the dynamism of the market.” – Tony Blair
Blair came to power in 1997 with the promise to repeal the ‘internal market’ system but did not act on his promise and went on to re-inforce this system and to even encourage the outsourcing of medical services to the private sector.
Blair introduced the ‘Private Finance Initiative’ which allowed hospitals to be built (or rebuilt) by private sector consortia. In addition all NHS hospitals were allowed to have medical services run by the private sector to be known as ‘Surgicentres’.
Non-medical services (such as catering) could also be provided under long-term contracts by the private sector.
“We believe in our relationship with business and industry there is a third way, a new way between some command economy, state control of industry, and the politics of laissez faire.” – Tony Blair
BLAIR WAS THE MAN WHO ACCELERATED THE PRIVATISATION OF THE NHS, SEIZED UPON BY JEREMY HUNT.