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GP hits out at ConDem NHS plans; HEALTH.

NHS privatisation could lead to a two-tiered service based on patients' wealth rather than need, a leading doctor has warned.

The Government's rush to give private contracts is a threat to the founding NHS principle of fairness, argues Dr George Rae.

"There is a huge risk in letting private companies run healthcare," the influential GP said. "It creates a market. But patients are not commodities."

Dr Rae likened the ConDems' policy of NHS privatisation to the subprime mortgage disaster. "There could be a subprime for the health service. The NHS is social glue. We could lose a fabric of the nation and run the risk of losing a vital part of society."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2010
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