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Letters NHS contracts to private sector

Dermatology has been decimated by political meddling

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 14 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h147
  1. David J Eedy, president1,
  2. Nick Levell, clinical vice president1
  1. 1British Association of Dermatologists, London W1T 5HQ, UK
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We read with concern that only 55% of contracts awarded by clinical commissioning groups go to the NHS.1

Dermatology is a prime example of how political meddling is decimating the NHS. This specialty has suffered disproportionately because it is perceived as being easy to shift “into the community” using private providers, but this has led to decommissioning of hospital services and …

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