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NHS reforms could destroy partnerships between primary and secondary care

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1566 (Published 10 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1566
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Progress on close clinical working between primary and secondary care clinicians could be halted as a consequence of the NHS reforms, MPs have been told.

MPs on the parliamentary health select committee heard from several witnesses involved in GP commissioning on 8 March as part of their inquiry into commissioning.

The committee’s MPs asked how the current NHS world compared and contrasted with how the NHS would be under the NHS reforms as set out in the Health and Social Care Bill.

Deborah Colvin, GP at the Lawson Practice Hackney, London, giving evidence, said: “We have been engaging quite closely with secondary care and we have been able to make some …

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