The government needs to move quickly to bring these contracts back in-house – to safeguard services and protect thousands of jobs in schools, local authorities and libraries.  As things stand, Carillion holds key contracts across the health service. With the current winter pressures, staff shortages and underfunding, further uncertainty puts the NHS in an even more precarious position, piling more pressure onto an overstretched system.

It’s disgraceful that Carillion was lining the pockets of its shareholders, even though the company’s future was increasingly uncertain. And now the taxpayer is going to be stuck picking up the bill for another failed privatisation experiment.

This is another example of the failures of outsourcing – a race to the bottom that prioritises greed over service and puts jobs, wages and services in jeopardy by encouraging ever lower bids, regardless of the inevitable costs involved when things go wrong.