Can general practitioners compete with big business?: NHS privatisation was piloted in prisonsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1336 (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1336
- Andrew J Ashworth (Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org), general practitioner
- Davidson's Mains Medical Centre, Edinburgh EH4 5BP
EDITOR—It is no surprise to see NHS general practice being eroded by big business.1 Doctors advocate for all their patients; politicians (the “owners” of the NHS) have pressures that are often at odds with those of patients and therefore their doctors.
By seeking a system that reduces doctors' responsibility for patients to an employment contract (with minimum and maximum standards set by managers), …