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Milburn recruits private companies from abroad to increase capacity of the NHS

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:10
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. London

    Leaders of primary care trusts have welcomed government moves to offer private health companies in mainland Europe a permanent base in the United Kingdom, whereas the BMA has voiced concern about the drive.

    The health secretary, Alan Milburn, held talks last week with five European healthcare companies keen to provide services to the NHS. He is inviting them to draft in clinical teams from abroad or set up their own surgical units here to help tackle waiting list “hot spots.” Reducing long waits in elective ophthalmology and orthopaedics in southeast England would be a priority.

    Mr Milburn later made it clear that he wanted European …

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