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NHS to pay 100 private firms for treatment

The NHS will pay more than 100 private firms to treat patients –the first step in growing the private sector's role in the health service, a report from The Telegraph said.

The healthcare firms will provide basic services such as physiotherapy, dermatology, MRI scanning and psychological therapy, the daily said. However, the move couldsimply result in the closure of existing NHS services, senior doctors fear.

Health minister Earl Howe has dismissed the objections from the British Medical Association and the Royal College of GPs, saying that the plan is about “offering patients more choice, control and driving up the quality of their care”.