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NHS reforms may mean a drop in quality of GP services, warns watchdog

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d450 (Published 24 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d450
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The quality of service provided by GPs to their patients could drop as doctors struggle to adapt to their new commissioning role, England’s spending watchdog has warned.

In its new report the National Audit Office summarises the new arrangements for the NHS proposed by the government in the Health and Social Care Bill 2011, published on 19 January (BMJ 2011;342:d418, doi:10.1136/bmj.d418), and warns about their potential short term effect on the cost and quality of services. The report will inform the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s questioning of the Department of Health …

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