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Relations between NHS and private sector are “not a one night stand,” says Milburn

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7330.134d (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:134
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Health secretary Alan Milburn this week announced further links with private companies to help modernise pathology services and GP premises in the NHS, but failed to find a way of keeping doctors working for the health service rather than migrating to private practice.

    In a heated debate in front of the House of Commons health select committee, Mr Milburn defended the government's commitment to increase partnerships with the private sector, arguing that they spelled improvements for patients.

    “What we need is a bigger relationship with the private sector. This should be a long term relationship and not a one night stand,” …

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