GPs accept patients' vote on fundholding

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:349

A doctors' surgery has turned down the chance to run its own affairs after putting the issue to a vote. Patients, staff, and the three general practitioners based at the Burford Surgery in Oxfordshire all came out against the switch to fundholding status.

The practice is believed to be the first in Britain to have held a ballot before making a decision on becoming self governing. All 4680 patients aged over 18 in the practice were eligible to vote, and one in three did …

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