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Hospitals fear that GPs will invite tenders on services to avoid legal challenges from private sector

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3818 (Published 11 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3818
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

NHS hospital trust managers are worried that GP commissioners may decide to open up some commissioned services to competitive tendering because they fear challenges from private providers, MPs have been told.

MPs on the parliamentary health select committee held an evidence session on 11 June as part of their inquiry into implementation of the changes to the NHS brought by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and asked about the act’s controversial section 75 regulations. These regulations govern competition when GPs are commissioning health services and were the cause of concern earlier this year that they would open up all NHS services …

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