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GPs end partnerships with Virgin over conflicts of interest

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7227 (Published 25 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7227
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

More than 300 general practitioners have ended partnerships with Richard Branson’s Virgin Care to provide some hospital services in the community to avoid accusations of conflicts of interest when they take responsibility for commissioning in April 2013.

Since 2006 Virgin Care has set up 25 local provider companies together with GPs, known as GPcos. These provide NHS community services such as …

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