A question of trust in private hospitals

A British scheme in which employees hold shares in hospitals may signal the future, but privatisation is already a controversial issue here, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
11th December, 2011
A question of trust in private hospitals
The Department of Health will not give details of its proposed trust model. Photo: Getty

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) recently signed a landmark deal that will see a private business run a 369-bed public hospital. It is a deal that has provoked huge debate and prompted many to question the direction the NHS is likely to take over the next few years.

The company in question, Circle Healthcare, which is listed on the stock market, is a prominent private healthcare provider in Britain and is run by a former...

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