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Challenges of private provision in the NHS

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

Treatment centres and their effect on surgical training

  1. Catherine Guly, senior house officer ophthalmology ([email protected]),
  2. Richard Sidebottom, senior house officer ophthalmology,
  3. Kim Hakin, consultant ophthalmologist,
  4. Keith Bates, consultant ophthalmologist
  1. Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust, Musgrove Park, Taunton TA1 5DA
  2. Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust, Musgrove Park, Taunton TA1 5DA

    EDITOR—Timmins questions whether the benefits of using independent providers for health care outweighs the risks.1 He notes the tendency for treatment centres to take on simpler cases, leaving the NHS to deal with complex surgery, but he brushes over the devastating effect that this is having on surgical training.1

    Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed by treatment centres. It takes …

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