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By Stewart Player and Colin Leys, Merlin Press, 2008.

This book is written in the classic muck-raking style. But then, there’s a great deal of muck to be raked. It deals with the introduction of Independent Sector Treatment Centres into the NHS. ISTCs are capitalist firms operating for profit. It was a New Labour brainwave for them to be given NHS surgical procedures to perform. The argument was that harnessing the private sector would help do away with the horribly long hospital waiting lists left after 18 years of Tory penny pinching.