Virgin’s rapid expansion into healthcare has seen it winning contracts for services from immunisation to sexual health
In early 2000, the Labour government realised it had a problem with the NHS.
Alan Milburn, the then health secretary, wanted fresh ideas to help make hospitals more patient-friendly – and he asked for them from a rather unusual place: Sir Richard Branson.
The billionaire entrepreneur knew nothing about medicine – but he could run businesses and had made stacks of money from them. His airline, Virgin Atlantic, had won awards for passenger care.