Doctors and politicians call for tighter rules on commissioners’ conflicts of interest, after BMJ investigation
(Published 19 March 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1810
- Gareth Iacobucci
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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