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Privatizing NHS Services May Lead to Declining Care, Study Says

Privatizing England’s National Health Service may have led to a decline in the quality of patient care, according to research that links increased outsourcing to for-profit providers with higher death rates in the public system. 

Legislation passed in 2012, allowing greater outsourcing of health services is associated with a rise in deaths that should have been avoidable, a group of University of Oxford researchers said Wednesday, in a study published in The Lancet Public Health journal.