Large contracts are fuelling the debate over who should supply services to the NHS
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NHS: Should there be more competition for services?

18 August 2014 Last updated at 21:40 BST

Should there be more competition to provide NHS services like chemotherapy and care of the elderly in England?

And if contracts are placed with private suppliers who make a profit, does that undermine the ethos of the NHS?

Some recent large contracts are fuelling the debate, for example, one to provide cancer care in Staffordshire will be worth more than £1bn to the winner.

Hugh Pym reports.

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