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Putting GPs in charge of NHS budget is an “extraordinary gamble”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6431 (Published 11 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6431
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

GPs are about to be given “too much” control “too fast” over most NHS expenditure, says a health economist.

Zack Cooper, a health economist at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), warned that the coalition government’s commissioning reforms were risky and likely to increased costs.

He said, “When funds are tight, this big a shift of purchasing power to an untested system is an extraordinary gamble. We know that large scale shake ups typically cost substantial amounts of money.”

The white paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, which was published in July 2010, proposes to hand …

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