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Minister assures GPs over voluntary pilot studies

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1352

Participation in the different types of practice proposed in the white paper Choice and Opportunity (19 October, p 959) is voluntary and will remain so, Britain's health minister Gerald Malone emphasised to GPs last week.

Mr Malone was speaking at a special meeting of secretaries and chairmen of local medical committees in London in an attempt to allay fears that health authorities may set up pilots and that, like GP fundholding, some doctors might be pressurised into taking part. The voluntary nature, he said, would be enshrined in the National Health Service (Primary Care) Bill, which begins its passage …

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