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Fundholders to take over all purchasing

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6925.360a (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:360
  1. A Tonks
  1. BMJ.

    Four general practices in Bromsgrove in the midlands in Britain have been given an annual budget of pounds sterling 13.2m to buy all the health services for 40 000 people. The budget, which was handed over by North Worcestershire Health Authority, will have to fund all of the health needs of Bromsgrove's residents, including accident and emergency care, ambulance services, emergency admissions to hospitals, and maternity services.

    Jim Bartlett, the health authority's chief executive, said that the project was the first of its kind in Britain. “It was set up to …

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