Early fundholders quit after cash crisis

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:465
  1. Alison Boulton

    One of the first general practices to join the government's fundholding scheme is to be the first to leave. The practice in Plympton, Devon, joined the scheme five years ago. All eight principals at the practice, which has 15000 patients, took a joint decision to leave in March 1996 after it became clear that recent government changes to the scheme had resulted in a cash crisis.

    The practice claims that the government's actions mean that patient care would subsequently suffer. “We joined the scheme believing that it was in our patients' …

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