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Majority of £1.5bn NHS contracts go to private providers, study finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4476
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The private sector is in line to secure hundreds of millions in NHS funding from services placed out to the open market under the UK government’s latest competition regulations, a study has shown.

Research by the independent pressure group the NHS Support Federation found that contracts for around 100 NHS clinical services totalling almost £1.5bn (€1.7bn; $2.2bn) have been advertised since 1 April 2013, with commercial companies winning the lion’s share of those awarded to date. …

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