Union calls for halt in creeping NHS privatisation

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:389
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    In a damning report, a leading public sector union has condemned government policies for undermining some of the key principles of the NHS, for introducing inefficiencies, and for risking undermining the quality of care.

    Unison specifically points the finger at independent sector treatment centres, which it calls private sector treatment centres, as being at the root of the problems.

    The union's report, In the Interests of Patients, examines the changes in government policy since 2002, which have seen the development of many competing providers from the public, private, and voluntary sectors.

    “The government is fundamentally altering the way in which NHS services are delivered, moving towards the creation of a competitive, commercial market in the provision of NHS healthcare,” says the report. “There is also a growing realisation …

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