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The slow march of privatisation makes hospitals less sensitive to people’s needs

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 06 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1680
  1. John Puntis, retired consultant paediatrician
  1. Leeds, UK
  1. john.puntis{at}

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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