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BMA Annual Representative Meeting: Allowing private companies to commission services is “a step too far”

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7557.14-j (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:14
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    A government plan to extend the role of commissioning healthcare services to private companies is a “step too far,” James Johnson, chairman of the BMA, told the association's annual meeting this week.

    “You don't have to be a financial wizard to work out that that if a private company runs the hospitals and also commissions the services, it adds up to a licence to print money,” he told the 550 representatives.

    “You hear politicians say there's no difference between GPs, who are independent contractors commissioning services, and private organisations doing so. There is one …

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