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BMA meeting: Market reforms have failed to deliver better health care, say doctors

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a725
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Doctors at the BMA’s annual conference in Edinburgh have united in calling for an end to England’s market driven reforms in health care, which, they claimed, threaten to undermine and fragment core NHS services.

    Members of the representative body voted by large majorities to press to keep NHS services within the public sector and to inform the public of the detrimental effects of handing over health services to the private sector. They also proposed that NHS providers should have “preferred provider” status in delivering NHS care to NHS patients.

    The private sector should be used to treat NHS patients only when the NHS had insufficient capacity, said Stephen Austin from …

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