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Shifting contracts

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:862
  1. Colin Johnston

    Channel 4 Dispatches: “Danger to Health” 16 March

    The National Health Service continues to provide good material for investigate television journalism, and the latest Dispatches proved no exception. It examined the topical issue of the viability of major specialist units, the loss of which would have serious implications for patient, care, staff training, and clinical research.

    The theme of the programme was that because of the NHS reforms purchasers, in an attempt to reduce cost, are shifting contracts to cheaper and, by implication, poorer quality local provider units. The programme argued that the reduction in the …

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