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Privately run surgery centres for NHS patients proposed

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:640
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The UK government announced last week that private companies have been invited to negotiate contracts to run 26 new treatment centres throughout England.

    The 24 centres and two mobile units will perform non-urgent surgery, including knee and hip replacements and cataract surgery, on NHS patients. They will add to more than 20 diagnostic and treatment centres already functioning; these, however, are all managed by the NHS.

    The government announced a shortlist of preferred providers to run the treatment centres, including two companies from the United Kingdom, two from …

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