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Topic: private sector

November 16, 2007
Alan Johnson has terminated a private sector provider and dropped six others due to lack of "value for money"

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has denied performing a U-turn over the use of private sector treatment in the NHS despite cancelling a number of schemes.

The contract of one provider is being terminated and six other schemes are being dropped as they are "unlikely to provide value for money".

But in a written statement to the Commons, Mr Johnson said the independent sector will play an "increased role" where it is needed.

November 16, 2007
BMA chairman welcomes the government's "turnaround" on independent schemes, and calls for "common sense on private provision in the NHS"

Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the BMA's Consultants Committee, has accused the government of wasting money on independent schemes, saying that the idea such schemes can help the NHS is a "fallacy".

Commenting on the government's announcement that several NHS private sector schemes in England will not go ahead, Dr Fielden says: "It's a crying shame that so much money has been wasted on this political initiative when the NHS could have achieved better value for money.