Maria has more than two decades’ experience as a business and financial journalist. She has specialised in writing about the UK’s private and voluntary healthcare sector for the last 20 years. Maria covered the historic ‘Condordat’ signed by the NHS and independent healthcare providers, which paved the way for the Labour government’s radical market-based reform of the NHS at the turn of the Millennium. Since then, she has tracked the key trends in independent healthcare, writing articles and organising events for business leaders and professionals. She also writes about health and wellbeing for a consumer audience.