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Patients should fear private mental health providers

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6139
  1. Sajid Muzaffar, specialty registrar1
  1. 1Norvic Clinic, Norwich NR7 0HT, UK
  1. sajidmuzaffar{at}

Commercial transactions involve contracts between two or more parties, each of whom can make decisions and advance their interests. In mental healthcare provided by for profit companies, stakeholders are executives whose jobs and bonuses depend on profit, shareholders who want maximum return, commissioning agencies that want services for the lowest price, and patients with …

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