Challenges of private provision in the NHS

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7528.1338-a (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1338

Real story is beginning to emerge

  1. Rachel Aldred, researcher (Rachel.Aldred@gold.ac.uk)
  1. Goldsmiths College, University of London, London SE14 6NW

    EDITOR—Timmins's argument that the NHS has never been exclusively “public sector” is misleading.1 It obscures the astonishing growth and concentration of corporate power in the health sector. When the NHS was created, pharmaceutical companies were in their infancy, whereas today they rank among the most powerful corporations in the world.

    Throughout the NHS's history, most general practitioners have been independent contractors. However, the BMA's survey of general practitioners' …

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