This post was written by Edward S. Miller, Eugene Tillman, Cynthia O’Donoghue and Leon Stephenson.

The new UK Coalition Government has released its much publicized White Paper “Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, outlining far reaching proposals to reform the health care system in the UK over the next four years.

With further consultations, reports and primary legislation promised and set out step by step in a formal structural reform plan, the detail of the proposals is currently very high level. The stated objectives are ambitious and if instituted will have a far reaching effect on both the way the British public access the health system and the role of the private sector in UK health care, increasing opportunities for involvement of private providers of both clinical and support services in the provision of health care to NHS patients.

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