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New guidance urges NHS commissioners to buy ethically

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3340 (Published 15 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3340
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The BMA and Royal College of General Practitioners have published joint guidance for GPs and commissioning organisations in the United Kingdom to help protect the rights of workers in medical supply chains.1

The organisations said that the move had been prompted by “emerging evidence” that some current practices were infringing on basic employment rights and risking workers’ health.

The guidance calls on the NHS—which spends over £40bn (€50bn; $67bn) a …

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