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Doctors and politicians call for tighter rules on commissioners’ conflicts of interest, after BMJ investigation

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1810 (Published 19 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1810
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The UK Labour party has called for new rules to bar GPs from taking part in any commissioning decision in which they could be perceived to have a financial interest, in response to the BMJ investigation last week,1 which found widespread conflicts in new clinical commissioning groups.

The BMJ analysis, which found that more than a third of GPs on the governing bodies of new groups had financial interests in private providers through shares or directorships, sparked a political debate about the effects of the government’s reorganisation of the health service.

Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, said that the findings showed there was a “real risk” that the doctor-patient relationship would be “corroded,” and he urged the government to tighten the rules.

The BMA and the Royal College of General …

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