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NHS will now be “preferred provider” of care, says health secretary

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 05 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4085
  1. Nicholas Timmins
  1. 1Financial Times

    NHS organisations are now the “preferred provider” of NHS care, insists Andy Burnham, England’s health secretary. The announcement has been welcomed by the health service unions, including Unison, the BMA, and the Royal College of Nursing.

    But it produced a rather different reaction among private providers of NHS care, whose trade body, the NHS Partners Network, described it as “completely irresponsible.”

    From the Department of Health it brought a claim that policy “has not changed”—despite the fact that, Mr Burnham said, three separate parts of the NHS’s existing guidance and operating rules will have to be rewritten.

    Mr Burnham’s initial announcement came in …

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