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NHS for sale

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 28 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4485
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
  1. The BMJ
  1. fgodlee{at}

Selling off unused or underused estate sounds like a good idea for any organisation in need of funds, and the NHS is certainly that. The Naylor Review, published in March (doi:10.1136/bmj.j2072), concluded that a sale of NHS buildings and land would raise £5.7bn (€6.5bn; $7.7bn) and save a further £1bn a year. Along with government and private investment, a total of £10bn could be reinvested in the NHS. The government has yet to respond formally, but the prime minister has said that she supports …

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