Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Market Forces: Coming to a Prison or Hospital Near You

The steady erosion of the public service arena continues apace with two developments this week either side of the Atlantic.

In Arizona, a state commission is recommending the privatisation of the state's parks and prisons, in an attempt to reduce a $1 billion budget deficit in the state.

In the UK, meanwhile, a private firm has been selected to take over the running of an NHS general hospital (Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon) for the first time in the history of the health service in Britain. Circle, the new "franchise holders" are a co-operative company.

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