'Creeping privatisation' of NHS will mean loss of expertise, say top doctors
The "creeping privatisation" of the NHS will affect patient care, top doctors have warned, saying the government's planned shakeup risks hospitals losing key services, critical research being jeopardised and public goodwill for blood donations disappearing as private firms are seen to profit from public funds.
Medical leaders fear the controversial switch to allow "any willing provider" – voluntary, public or private – to supply care services in the NHS will fragment the system. Driven by the need to save £20bn from NHS budgets, the health secretary, Andrew Lansley,... read more
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