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NHS patients get more choice

12th June 2008

NHS patients in the west of England are to have a greater choice of privately-run hospitals.

More Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTC) have been given the go-ahead in the region with the aim of offering patients quicker access to the operation and hospital of their choice, although critics see it as signalling greater privatisation.

Services in the west are being offered by UK Specialist Hospitals with a centre in Shepton Mallet, plans to build another 34-bed hospital South Gloucestershire, a day surgery unit within Cirencester Community hospital and a day surgery centre in Devizes.

 

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