The Government project to privatise the health service by the back door has brought up evidence of a poorer quality of service for patients, as feared.

19 Patients in Devon given cateract operations by a private hospital paid by the NHS are having their surgery reviewed as a result of post-oeration complications, for which the private firm has apologised.

Since then patients found out there had been similar complications for patients receiving the same operation from private health companies in Somerset.

The Government claim outsourcing operations to NHS private hospitals will reduce waiting lists, and make it more efficient. Evidence is beginning to show this claim is at best premature; and suggests that public fears about creeping privatisation are well founded.

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