In brief: NHS

The NHS spent £1.25bn - or 4.8 per cent of its budget - on treating NHS patients in private, independent or voluntary hospital and community services in 1998-99. The corresponding figures for previous years were £1.08bn (4.6 per cent) in 1997-98, and £870m (3.8 per cent) in 1996-97. Around 40 ...

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