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Letters The unravelling NHS

Private partners have a different ethos from the NHS

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2438
  1. Tony M Hirst, general practitioner1
  1. 1Blackburn with Darwen PCT, Darwen Health Centre, Darwen BB3 1PY, UK
  1. tony.hirst{at}

I was surprised last month when a “choose and book” referral to a local private hospital for someone who needed minor surgery was …

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