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The beginning of the end of the internal market

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:623
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    How the NHS will be reshaped under a Labour government began to emerge this week, with official guidance diluting the internal market created by the last Conservative government. Although the system of purchasers and providers remains, new priorities for next year's commissioning round for England place the emphasis on cooperation and transparency rather than competition.

    Specific plans to replace the internal market await a forthcoming white paper, but 1998-9 is to be a transitional year in which the planning and delivery of health services reflect the emerging new …

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