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New competition rules threaten role of voluntary sector in NHS, charities say

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2571 (Published 19 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2571
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Several leading charities have joined medical bodies in condemning controversial new NHS competition rules, ahead of a crucial debate in the House of Lords next week.

Representatives of voluntary sector groups, including the charities Marie Curie Cancer Care, National Voices, and Sue Ryder, have warned the government that secondary legislation requiring large sections of the NHS in England to be opened up to the market risked forcing them out of the NHS.

In an unpublished briefing paper to peers ahead of the debate in the Lords on 24 April, the charities said that the regulations—put forward under section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act—would force clinical …

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