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Britain's Biggest Enterprise

The National Health Service is the biggest enterprise in Britain. It absorbs some £21 billion a year – almost £500 from every adult in the country. It treats almost one hundred thousand patients a day. And it is the largest employer in Western Europe, with just under one million employee – almost twice as many as in our entire civil service.

Oliver Letwin and John Redwood - Wednesday 26th October 1988

John Redwood began his political career urging privatisation on the Conservatives in opposition in the 1970s, from around the Centre for Policy Studies dinner table. He chaired a working group that designed various denationalisation proposals covering a wide range of industries. He subsequently became Margaret Thatcher's adviser.