Cuts in NHS waiting lists cannot be attributed to private sector

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1356
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    Private sector involvement in the NHS is making a difference only “at the margins,” a senior civil servant admitted last week. The NHS's group director of health and social care services delivery, John Bacon, made the comments to MPs on the health select committee, which is inquiring into health spending.

    The independent sector has been credited with reducing waiting lists, but MPs heard that the proportion of procedures done privately remained low. For example, the number of cataract operations carried out by …

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