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Is the NHS being privatised?

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6376 (Published 05 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6376

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Re: Is the NHS being privatised?

It surely is a local issue, ģood enough for electoral points and gains. The data on the number of operative procedures cancelled appears sizeable enough to bring thoughts of 'change'. The situation and solutions the world over bear many similarities. The overcrowding in public hospitals, waiting lists and postponement/cancellations is rather a regular affair; the government/public sector hospitals are criticised for inefficiency in dealing with large numbers of patients in a timely manner.

The only option is privatisation where there may be no ceiling on investigations, procedures and costs in lieu of relatively prompt and satisfactory services. Mixed pattern appears to be the easy way out and some PPP (public private partnership) have worked well; in either of the situations, commonality is efficient administrative and managerial competence.

Dr Murar E Yeolekar, Former Dean/Director, Mumbai

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2019
Murar E Yeolekar
Professor & Head, Dept of Internal Medicine
K J Somaiya Medical College and Hospital, Sion Mumbai
Eastern Express Highway, Ayurvihar, Sion, Mumbai. 400022