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How private could the NHS go?
How involved should the private sector be in the day-to-day running of the NHS?

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File on 4, Tuesday 17th October at 20:00 BST
To some any private involvement is unwelcome, but to others it is a cost effective way forward.

The Government has so far set no limit on private corporations involved in the NHS.

File on 4's Gerry Northam looks at the record of private companies so far and asks whether there should be any limit.

Some GPs surgeries are now being taken over by private companies.

At present the few practices that are run privately are the exception rather than the rule.

Ministers have indicated they want more private and voluntary sector involvement in NHS community services.

To date, private firms have largely been interested in providing hospital services for the NHS.

By 2008 they are expected to carry out one in 10 non-emergency operations



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