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UK Hospitals and fire services to be run ‘outside the public sector’

UK Hospitals and fire services to be run ‘outside the public sector’

Hospitals and fire services will be run “outside the public sector” as the Conservatives dramatically shrink the state and cut costs, a senior minister has disclosed.

Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, told The Telegraph that services could be handed over to mutual companies owned by employers and other non-state bodies.

He also warned that public sector jobs and wages would have to fall sharply to ensure the Government lives within its means.

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