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BMA meeting: Scotland closes loophole to prevent GP surgeries being run by private firms

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a749 (Published 09 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a749
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Ministers in Scotland are planning to amend the general practitioner contract to make it illegal for private companies to run primary care services in the country.

    Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish health secretary, was greeted by rapturous applause when she told the BMA’s annual representatives’ meeting that the “legal loopholes” allowing private firms to bid to run general practices in Scotland would be closed.

    Currently no general practices in Scotland are run by …

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