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Patients take £7.6m a month out of NHS as they choose and book private sector treatment

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2911 (Published 05 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2911
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Thousands of patients are choosing to be treated in private rather than NHS facilities every month, moving millions of pounds away from NHS hospitals, show figures from the Department of Health.

    Since January 2006 all patients referred by their GP for elective care should have been offered a …

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