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Network is set up to champion independent sector treatment centres

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7539.442 (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:442
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

    A new body representing 11 independent healthcare organisations working with the NHS was launched last week.

    Representatives of the NHS Partners Network (www.nhspartnersnetwork.org) met the prime minister, Tony Blair, at Downing Street last week in an attempt to combat bad publicity over plans to expand the network of independent sector treatment centres. Currently 21 such centres—privately run clinics that are commissioned to perform routine operations on NHS patients—operate in England.

    Mark Smith, chairman of the new network, said that the group was determined to end the “sterile debate” between the public and private healthcare sectors and wanted to counter the fears voiced by some doctors and about the …

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