You would be hard pushed to find an area that has undergone greater substantial change over the last three years than healthcare. Whether you agree or disagree with the way in which the reforms are being implemented, Lord Darzi’s vision that quality of patient care should be at the centre of everything the NHS does is hard to argue with.

As part of these measures, the Department of Health (DoH) has opened up the market for clinical services to competition. The way in which services are being procured by the NHS is radically changing. While provider services were once the domain of PCTs, we’re now seeing the private sector waking up to the opportunities here. We are witnessing the birth of new partnerships between private and publi...

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