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Payment of financial incentives to GPs may invalidate informed consent process

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:75
  1. Colin Ferguson, Consultant general and vascular surgeon (
  1. a Morriston Hospital, Swansea SA6 6NL

    Editor—The fraud committed by Dr John Anderton1 was not academic fraud, as in other recent cases, but financial fraud inspired by the large payments now made by drug companies to doctors to enter patients in trials. Within hospital departments this income is usually put into research funds, but in general practice the doctor is often personally remunerated. This is now sufficiently lucrative that some general practitioners have reduced their clinical work and set …

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