BMA chairman calls for end to market in health care

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2659
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1Liverpool

    The chairman of the BMA council, Hamish Meldrum, called on England’s new health secretary, Andy Burnham, to end once and for all the “waste and inefficiency” of the private finance initiative (PFI) and the “experiment” of a market in health care.

    A recent analysis by the University of East Anglia indicated that the government could save £2.4bn (€2.8bn; $4bn) if it bought out all the private finance contracts in the NHS.

    Dr Meldrum said, “Yet what do …

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