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PHLS fights privatisation

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1227

The Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) has urged the government to retain the service's national structure. It says that if the service was privatised its international standing and credibility would be diminished.

Responding to the government's consultation exercise on the service—a prior options review—the PHLS says that the success of the service depends on a fully integrated system and that if functions were hived off it would be unable to guarantee its present coordinated responses.

The review put a series of questions to the service, including whether any of …

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