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Charities gain bigger role in providing care

The government will move to reclaim the political initiative from critics of its NHS reforms this week by announcing a major expansion of the role of charitable groups in providing Britain's health and social care.

A task force to 'transform the role of the voluntary sector' will be launched by Care Services Minister Liam Byrne, one of the government's fastest-rising Blairite reformers. Coming amid growing criticism of the introduction of private providers into the NHS, the move will seek to 'put the voluntary and independent [charity] sector on the same footing as the private sector' in the government's bid to expand the choice to those who use the NHS and social services.

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