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Nuffield deal falls through

24th April 2007

The Department of Health’s attempts to off-load 250,000 treatments annually from the NHS to the private sector has received another setback.

Nuffield Hospitals has pulled out of talks to provide operations for NHS patients in the West Midlands citing costs and delays in finalising the deal as its reasons for backing down.  13 other schemes are still to be finalised despite nearly two years of negotiations between the independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) and the government.  Many in the private sector doubt whether Gordon Brown, if he becomes Prime Minister, will be as enthusiastic about the programme as Tony Blair which has further delayed the deals.

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