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Implementing GP Fundholding: Wild Card Or Winning Hand?

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1425
  1. Thomas O'Dowd, professor
  1. Department of Community Health and General Practice, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    Howard Glennerster, Manon Matsaganis, Patricia Owens, Stephanie Hancock Open University Press, £14.99, pp 160 / ISBN 0 335 19108 8

    During 1991, Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee held a debate on the motion “that fundholding is the way forward for the NHS.” As a first wave fundholder, I proposed the motion, and my opponent used a ventriloquist's dummy to respond. The motion was defeated by 72 hands to two, emphasising the mockery and professional isolation of fundholders in 1991.

    Glennerster and colleagues' book transmits the excitement and chaos that was …

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