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Second hospital courts partnership deal with private sector company

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2098
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is on the hunt for a private or NHS partner to help secure its future as a provider of NHS services.

If a private sector organisation is chosen, the hospital will become only the second in England to be run by a private sector organisation. Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Huntingdonshire, which has debts of £40m (€48m; $63m), was the first (BMJ 2011;343:d7341, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7341). It agreed in November last year to enter into a 10 year £7m contract with Circle from February 2012. After the announcement health minister Simon Burns insisted that Hinchingbrooke was a unique case. “This is not a blueprint or model to be used by other hospitals,” he said (BMJ 2011;343:d7692, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7692).

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