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Private health groups eye GP budgets

Under the government's plans for NHS reform, GPs will be able to buy healthcare for their patients from wherever they want; the local NHS hospital, a private hospital or even a small private company. Sanchia Berg examines the potential impact on local services and Ali Parsa, managing partner at Circle, Europe's largest private healthcare provider, reflects on the proposals.

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