Labour party will continue use of private contractors in the NHS

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:797
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. London

    The UK Labour party is to push ahead with plans to extend privatisation of the NHS, despite an overwhelming rejection of the policy by delegates attending its annual conference last week.

    A motion that called for the suspension of all plans to increase care provided by the private sector in the NHS won backing from 71% of delegates at the conference.

    David Prentis, leader of the public sector union Unison, which tabled the motion, said the NHS should not be run on a “fragmented basis,” with different parts “competing for patients.” …

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