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Doctors’ leaders urge government to amend commissioning regulations

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2091 (Published 28 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2091
  1. Clare Dyer
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Doctors’ and nurses’ leaders are urging the government to amend controversial regulations on commissioning NHS health services in England amid fears that they could require competitive tendering for most services.

The BMA and the Royal College of Nursing called on the government on 28 March to take urgent action to clarify the uncertainty, just days before the new “section 75” rules come into force on 1 April, amid the biggest shakeup of the NHS for a generation.

John Ashton, president elect of the UK Faculty of Public Health, and 33 other senior public health specialists have written to Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the parliamentary health select committee, expressing concern that the …

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