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Non-NHS treatment centres are detrimental to local health services, finds BMA survey

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:10
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Independent sector treatment centres are much more likely than those run by the NHS to have a negative impact on the health facilities and services in their local areas, research commissioned by the BMA has found.

    A survey of clinical directors working in orthopaedics, ophthalmology, and anaesthetics in NHS trusts in England found that 70% of respondents thought that treatment centres had helped to reduce waiting times and improve access for patients. But few thought that the centres had many other benefits if they were run by the independent sector rather than the NHS.

    Only one in 20 respondents ranked the benefits of independent treatment centres as “substantial” compared with almost a …

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