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Health care coalitions across the country and in some provinces, their local chapters are planning a series of simultaneous news conferences February 24 to mobilize opposition to P3 hospitals and draw attention to Carillion, a British privateer that is making inroads in Canada.

Carillion might be a shining star of the P3 industry, but in its hospitals in the UK its home base the company is setting less admirable records. A Carillion hospital patient holds the world record 144 hours according to the Guinness Book of World Records for time spent waiting on a trolley.

The British Medical Journal reports that Britains P3 hospitals have 26 per cent fewer beds, 30 per cent fewer staff, and user fees that cause patients to complain they have to pay for absolutely everything. Profit margins for the new private owners range from 15 to 25 per cent.

There are more than a dozen P3 hospitals being planned across Canada, including two in BC, one in Alberta, eight in Ontario and two in Québec.