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UK blood service could be part privatised by the government

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1534 (Published 08 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1534
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The UK government could begin to privatise part of the NHS Blood and Transplant service in a move that could see private companies profiting from the thousands of free blood donations given each day in the country.

The Department of Health for England is reviewing how the service currently operates. A department spokeswoman said that the government would be “considering the experience and skills that exist in the private sector to identify opportunities for making NHSBT [NHS Blood and Transplant] more commercially effective.”

She added that the government was …

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