NHS patients get more choice12th 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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Title: NHS patients get more choice
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7095
Date Added: 12th Jun 2008