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Turning round NHS deficits: Deficits are not for turning

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:363
  1. David Churchill, consultant obstetrician (
  1. Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton WV10 0QP

    EDITOR—Ham is right to be sceptical about the private turnaround teams.1 Personal experience with “franchising,” a similar process, has led me to a similar position.2 Faith in their abilities is misplaced for three reasons.

    Firstly, the private sector underestimates the wider responsibilities of hospitals. Unlike the private sector, public institutions are not free to simply disinvest in …

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