Lord Prior, currently NHS Productivity Minister, has suggested that 50% of NHS beds could be cut. Indications of this come from an email he sent to the consultancy firm McKinsey after it sponsored a tour that he made of private health facilities in the USA while he was head of the Care Quality Commission. McKinsey provides an increasing number of services to the NHS as well as advising private health care companies.
“We made three mistakes that I regret, the first being restructuring the NHS. The rest are minor.”— unnamed Senior Conservative Cabinet Minister