Scottish GPs will not manage budgets for secondary services

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:7
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    The first clear signs that a devolved Scotland will develop its health service along different lines from the rest of Britain have appeared in the government's recently published NHS white paper Designed to Care.

    The paper was substantially revised after the decision by the Scottish electorate in September to vote in favour of devolution, and, although many common strands remain between the Scottish and English white papers, there are also important differences. Unlike their counterparts in England, Scottish GPs are not being allowed to manage budgets …

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