Private health care providers are being asked to bid on 1 500 procedures?
First, we need to clarify as to what that sentence means. The text does not tell us if this means just a total of 1 500 operations with many of them the same procedure or 1 500 entirely different procedures because the latter would of course suggest full-blown privatisation and the former, depending on the percentage, would not. 1 500 discrete procedures is not plausible but the idea makes for a good scare.
NHS Scotland does around 270 000 ops a year so that 1 500 is only 0.5%.
I can’t find a direct comparison for NHS England, but:
25% of all NHS England activity is privatised.
NHS Scotland spends around £37m with private companies or 0.24% of its £15.3bn budget.
NHS England is thus 100 times more privatised.