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BMA demands withdrawal of regulations making GP commissioners put most services out to tender

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1968 (Published 22 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1968
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The BMA’s General Practitioners Committee has increased pressure on the government to shelve controversial legislation that would open up large parts of the NHS in England to competition, after it passed a motion calling for the regulations to be withdrawn.

The move came as the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee accused ministers of allowing “insufficient time” for proper scrutiny of the revised regulations, tabled under section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act.

The government last week hurriedly redrafted the legislation1 after concerns that the regulations would force the new clinical commissioning groups to open up nearly all NHS services to the competitive market from 1 April, despite previous ministerial assurances to the contrary.2

But the General Practitioners Committee said this week that the amendments did not answer its fundamental concerns and voted formally to oppose and to call for …

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