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Health department approves more than 100 private firms to run NHS services

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f156 (Published 09 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f156
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

More than 100 private firms have been given the green light to provide a host of NHS services in England under the government’s “any qualified provider” scheme.

Department of Health figures show that 105 private companies have been approved to run services such as physiotherapy, adult hearing services, and community diagnostics, alongside 140 NHS organisations.

Firms such as Care UK, Virgin Care, and BMI Healthcare are set to increase their share of NHS service provision through the new policy, which allows accredited private, NHS, and not for profit providers to operate a range of NHS community and mental health services without undergoing a …

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