German company offers “package deal ops” to Ireland

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:471
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    As the UK government announced plans for patients to be treated free in other EU countries, doctors and patients in Ireland have given a cautious welcome to an offer from a German group to give “package deal” operations to patients on hospital waiting lists. The company has also had talks with some UK health bodies.

    The UK health secretary, Alan Milburn, has announced that he intends to make clear to all health authorities and primary care trusts that they are able …

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