The government's latest PPE scandal shows what outsourcing is really about – far from increasing efficiency, it is a machine for corruption which turns public services into cash cows for the well-connected.
Privatised test and trace has been a disaster, with thousands unable to access tests and enormous delays for those who do. Now, a poll shows that 74% of the public want it brought back in-house.
Instead of investing in public test and trace, the Tory government handed the system over to outsourcing giant Serco and a call centre company. Inevitably, it has failed to deliver.
NHS workers who needed PPE during this crisis were forced to rely on an inefficient network of private providers which failed to produce in time – it was yet another disaster brought about by privatisation.