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NHS reforms offer opportunities worth billions for private sector

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7617 (Published 23 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7617
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government’s proposals for changes to the NHS and its drive to shift the focus of care away from hospitals and more into the community will provide opportunities for a growing role for the independent sector worth at least several billion pounds a year, concludes a new report.

The report, from the healthcare intelligence analysts Laing & Buisson, says that the United Kingdom is on the verge of a large migration of secondary healthcare services from hospitals to various community settings.

It analyses the future of various markets in the health sector, including primary care, community health services, out of hours care, occupational health, prison care, and commissioning support services.

Major change in the way healthcare is provided is on the cards, claims the report, including closure, partial closure, or reuse of some NHS …

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