Letters Private companies and GPs

An inconvenient truth

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39514.463356.80 (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:574
  1. J A Hickling, lecturer and salaried general practitioner
  1. 1Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, UCL, London N19 5LW
  1. j.hickling{at}pcps.ucl.ac.uk

Salisbury repeats the commonly quoted argument that “private provision can create conflicts for doctors between what is best for patients and best for profits, and this can undermine trust between patients and doctors.”1

The editorial implies that this conflict is unique to …

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