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Treatment centres may destabilise NHS, doctors claim

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:112
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

    The introduction of NHS treatment centres, dedicated exclusively to elective surgery and diagnostic tests, means that patients are being seen and treated faster, according to a report released by the health secretary, John Reid, this week.

    But the BMA has raised concerns that if such centres continue to siphon off patients, traditional hospitals may become unsustainable in the long run.

    Waiting lists are at their lowest since records began, according to Mr Reid, or at least at their lowest since 1987, when the Department of Health first began collecting comparable data. They have been reduced by 144 000 in the last year, and the centres …

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