Private commissioning plan raises question over conflicts of interest

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1164
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    A strategic health authority has postponed its plans to make one of its primary care trusts subcontract its commissioning function to an outside body, possibly in the private sector.

    Following widespread protest, it has now said that the change will not occur until next summer.

    The proposal, made by Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority last month, was part of the authority's submission to the Department of Health on how it plans to reconfigure primary care—something that all health authorities have had to do.

    What is different about Thames Valley's case is its suggestion that it would create a new, larger version of Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust and tender for the management …

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