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Mind your language | Privatisation

May 17th, 2012

The P-word carries an emotional Thatcherite kick, but what is happening now is something different – and using the term loosely is counterproductiveThe painful passage of the Health and Social Care Act through parliament has led to claims that the NHS in England is being privatised. The same word has been used to describe the private healthcare provider Circle’s deal to run Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Cambridgeshire. But while Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms and the Hinchingbrooke deal can be called many things, neither are privatisations.Collins, the Guardian’s dictionary of choice, defines privatise as “to transfer (the production of goods and services) from the public sector of an economy into private ownership and operation”. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as a tra…

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