Any Qualified Provider (AQP)
Last Updated: March, 2019

Originally referred to as Any Willing Provider (the name change was for obvious PR reasons), it was introduced as part of the  Health and Social Care Bill  and allows private companies or any non-NHS body to bid for NHS contracts.

There is a significant bureaucratic process to satisfy in order to be a provider, which makes it difficult for charities and third-sector non-profit organisations to bid, but it suits large multi-national corporations perfectly.

AQP is sold to the public as being integral to  patient choice , this is a deliberate attempt to conflate having a multitude of providers with real meaningful choice for patients, not a spurious version of choice that serves the aims of the private sector.