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The life-changing impact of elective care

 

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The life-changing impact of elective care

In a blog on the NHS England website Dr Linda Charles-Ozuzu, director of the national elective care transformation programme, highlights how better planned elective care reduces the strain on emergency services as well as providing obvious benefits to patients.

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