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Private companies challenge policy that NHS organisations are “preferred providers”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 11 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c132
  1. Nicholas Timmins
  1. 1Financial Times

    The policy declared by England’s health secretary, Andy Burnham, that NHS organisations are now the “preferred provider” of NHS care is being challenged in what could prove a key test case.

    In what amounts to a class action, representatives of private and voluntary sector organisations have joined forces to take a case to the Co-operation and Competition Panel for NHS-Funded Services. It is likely to prove an important test of a body that has a purely advisory role to the health secretary, with no statutory independence. The panel has confirmed that it will investigate the case.

    The NHS …

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