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Lansley denies competition will be fierce in NHS under reforms

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1909 (Published 23 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1909
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The NHS will not be subjected to intense new competition among providers of services, health secretary Andrew Lansley has told MPs.

Mr Lansley, giving evidence to the parliamentary health select committee on 22 March as part of its final evidence session of an inquiry into commissioning, attempted to placate worries that fierce competition for competition’s sake would form part of his planned NHS reforms.

MPs asked about a potential conflict between the desire of GP commissioning consortiums to make decisions on spending for patient care and the insistence of the new economic regulator Monitor on competition between providers.

Mr Lansley said the Health and Social Care Bill was not introducing a radical new level of competition in the NHS.

“We are not changing the …

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