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The NHS: after the bleak midwinter

The NHS: after the bleak midwinter

Imagine an industry where customer numbers grow in direct line with the population. Where obesity, smoking and other modern vices are great for business. And where the only major competitor is so inefficient it can’t handle the pressure and is falling apart.

Surely this is an ideal market for a well-run business to scoop up custom?

Not so if that market is healthcare. As the NHS emerges from its most bruising winter yet, many of its private peers and providers are also feeling the heat. The problem – they say – is funding.

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