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Doctors say no to more independent treatment centres

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39251.445694.4E (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1295
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    GPs have called on the UK government to stop its programme of establishing independent sector treatment centres. They say the centres have a destabilising effect on NHS hospitals, offer poor value for money, and are unaccountable to local doctors.

    Speaking at the annual conference of local medical committees in London last week, Marcus Bicknell, from Nottinghamshire local medical committee, said that as well as the well publicised complaints levelled at treatment centres for working …

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