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Blair says whole of NHS should be opened up to competition

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1106
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    Prime Minister Tony Blair told a meeting of private healthcare executives that he wanted to open the whole of the NHS to outside competition.

    Mr Blair met managers from private US, European, and South African companies bidding to run 11 diagnostic and treatment centres, which will perform operations in specialties that have the highest waiting times—such as knee, hip, and cataract surgery.

    According to a report in the Guardian (14 May, p 11), Mr Blair said: “We are anxious to ensure that this is the start of opening up the whole of the NHS …

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