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Tax cuts may be needed to “level playing field” for private providers

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f289
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Too few tendering opportunities, different tax rules for private providers, and prices that did not reflect the full costs of services were affecting the ability of different providers to bid to run NHS services, stakeholders have told Monitor, the economic regulator of the NHS.

Staff terms and conditions in the NHS, including pensions, and the inability of private companies to access central schemes such as insurance and information technology services could also mean that some providers were not operating on a “fair playing field” in comparison with NHS providers.

These issues could form the basis of new policies that the government was …

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