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NHS outsourcing to private providers is associated with rise in treatable deaths, study shows

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 30 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1612
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Increased outsourcing of NHS services to private providers between 2013 and 2020 was associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased rates of deaths from treatable causes, a study has found.

In the analysis, published by the Lancet Public Health, researchers looked at how much each regional health board spent on outsourcing over the seven year period and at local mortality data.1 They found that an annual rise in outsource spending of 1% was associated with a rise in treatable mortality …

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