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The slow march of privatisation makes hospitals less sensitive to people’s needsBMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1680 (Published 06 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1680
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- John Puntis, retired consultant paediatrician
- Leeds, UK
There was a time when hospital car parking was free.1 From 1992 the Treasury required hospitals to pay back 6% annual interest on the value of their capital assets.2 This “capital charge” (effectively a tax on hospitals) was presented as a way of ensuring that assets were used more …
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