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Private hospitals to provide operations for 25 000 NHS patients

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1036
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Nearly 25 000 NHS patients in England will have publicly funded surgery in private hospitals this year. This is the result of a deal between the Department of Health and two private hospital groups aimed at cutting waiting lists for surgery. The first operations under the scheme should takeplace in a few weeks.

    Capio Healthcare UK and the not-for-profit group Nuffield Hospitals have signed a contract to perform thousands of operations in their hospitals, in a deal designed to achieve Prime Minister Tony Blair's goal of providing at least 125 000 extra operations over the next five …

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