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Doctors form new pressure group to prevent “marketisation” of NHS

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1206 (Published 03 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1206
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Consultants and GPs are joining forces ahead of the general election to fight the “marketisation” and “break up of NHS services,” including the feared destruction of primary care.

Clare Gerada, immediate past president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has urged medical colleagues to support the newly enlarged pressure group, Doctors for the NHS, at the campaign launch on 2 March. She said that the group was needed to prevent, within the next 18 months, the “annihilation of my profession.” She said, “I promise you: general practice is being dismantled.”

The group, Doctors for the NHS (www.nhsca.org.uk), has emerged from the NHS Consultants’ Association, which was founded in 1976 and has some 700 consultant supporters, expanding to include GPs and medical trainees.

The group’s president, Peter Fisher, who led the predecessor organisation for more than 20 years, said it was time for a “united front with the many GPs who we know share our views.” He said, “We changed name, but the ethos remains the same, as do our objectives.”

Fisher said that the new group would put pressure on MPs, directly and “through the force of public opinion,” to convince them …

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