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That the “private sector is best medicine for ailing NHS” must be music to shareholders’ ears. (Perspective, 15 August).

To have “choices and competition” in providing health care doesn’t necessarily mean relying on private capital.

Perversely, it may reasonably be argued that many “unhealthy choices” are a product of capitalism itself. Why, however, can’t health services be organised as local co-operatives and still retain competition and choice?

Competition would be encouraged between co-operatives and positive emphasis upon the individual’s right to choose. Radical economics like this were proposed by John Stuart Mill, who was critical of private capital.

Ellis Thorpe