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More Bupa treatment centres

5th July 2006

Bupa Hospitals look set to provide more privately run NHS treatment centres, after being named as the preferred provider for the second wave of centres.

Patients in Cheshire and Merseyside will be able to undergo surgical procedures at the new centres, with Bupa expected to supply 6,000 surgical procedures a year. It comes on top of a deal in June to provide services through an independent treatment centre in the north-east. Bupa has reshaped its business and lowered costs to undertake work on NHS contracts.

Union opposition is growing against the role of the private sector in supplying NHS services, the British Medical Association's annual meeting in June calling for no further extension of private sector involvement.

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