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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 December 2006

ITC programme fails

BLAIR'S GOVERNMENT believes in the market but the failure of some of its big initiatives in the health must be testing his faith. The Department of Health looks set to announce that much of its private 'independent treatment centre' (ITC) programme - where privately run units carry out routine operations for the NHS - is being abandoned a year after it invited providers to bid for the lucrative deals.

Earlier this year, seven of the 24 schemes in the 'second-wave' elective surgery contract were axed and the rest delayed by up to a year. It looks like the government has now backed down from its pledge to guarantee the £550 million a year value of the schemes to the private suppliers.

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In The Socialist 7 December 2006:

NHS campaigns unite

Blair's health service lies

NHS mass protests continue

Building the national day of action

ITC programme fails

Diary of events


War and terrorism

Bush and Blair still in denial

"The greatest strategic disaster in American history"


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300,000 workers in PCS strike Ballot

"Merry Christmas Mr SCCrooge"

Blood service staff prepared to fight job losses

UCU: Left victory in sight

JJB workers fight sackings


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Campaign to Defeat Fees is building across London

CDF online petition launched!

Fight Blair's divisive academy programme


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