NHS hospital gets privatised management

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:663

In this summary in the “In brief” column of the News section, we wrongly said that Birmingham's Good Hope Hospital had been “taken over by Secta, a private consultancy firm.” In fact, the hospital signed a three year partnership contract with Secta to improve performance of the trust; the contract includes provision of a chief executive. The trust board will remain in control of the direction of the trust. In addition, we unwisely and gratuitously said that local people referred to Good Hope Hospital (recently awarded a “zero” star rating) as the “No Hope” hospital. We apologise for these errors of fact and judgment.


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