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Treatment centres are undermining patient choice, warns BMA

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1350
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Some of the government's policies aimed at improving services for patients could end up harming patients' interests, warned Dr Paul Miller, chairman of the BMA's consultants' committee at the association's annual conference of senior hospital medical staff in London this week.

    Dr Miller acknowledged the massive financial investment in the NHS that the current government had made. But he went on to say that earlier BMA predictions that new style NHS providers, in particular treatment centres, would destabilise the NHS were coming true.

    He cited the impact that an independent treatment centre in Southampton …

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