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Doctors’ worry about NHS “privatisation” is growing, says BMA

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 19 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2232
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Two thirds of doctors are uncomfortable with “privatisation” of the NHS in England and the growing role of independent sector organisations in providing NHS services, a BMA survey has found.

In a report published on 18 April the BMA examined how much NHS money was being spent on independent providers, the effects of independent providers taking over NHS services, and the opinions of around 500 doctors on these issues.1

The BMA said that official government data showed that the amount of money that NHS England spent on healthcare provided by the independent sector had risen every year for the past five years. The total for 2014-15 was …

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