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BMA annual representative meeting: BMA to hold special conference to discuss privatisation of NHS

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:72
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    The BMA is to hold a conference in the autumn to discuss developments in the NHS, through which many more healthcare services in the NHS will be provided by private companies.

    Representatives at the BMA's annual meeting in Llandudno last week unanimously passed a motion that drew attention to parts of the government's NHS Improvement Plan, published last month, which contained proposals encouraging the progressive involvement of multinational healthcare corporations in the delivery of health care in England and the development of a “case management approach” (NHS Improvement Plan, p 38, paragraph 3.16).

    The motion, proposed by Mr Richard Rawlins, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon from Bedford and a member of the BMA council, also drew attention to the fact that one of the groups involved in providing private services for the NHS, the UnitedHealth Group, had appointed Dr Richard Smith, editor of the BMJ, and Mr Simon Stevens, the …

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