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Independent providers ‘prioritising private patients over NHS’

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Sources have indicated that with staff shortages, including doctors who work in the NHS, in some areas the private sector is prioritising patients who are insured or self-paying, according to the HSJ

A report from the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has said that the health system was aiming to use the independent sector to reduce waiting lists, however, there are staff limitations there as well, meaning they have to reduce the amount of capacity they could provide to the NHS.

“Amongst a range of initiatives, the Dorset healthcare system is increasing the use of independent providers to help reduce waiting lists, however in common with other providers they are facing their own limitations in terms of capacity and staffing.” A spokesman for the CCG has said. 

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Source: HSJ, 10 August 2021

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