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Doctors furious at plans to transfer them to non-NHS provider

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 03 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3122
  1. Mark Gould
  1. 1London

    The BMA and health unions have criticised plans to “privatise” frontline primary and community services, which would see 1500 workers lose NHS employee status, including doctors, nurses, and dentists.

    They say that NHS Hull, which runs primary care services in the city, has forced through plans to turn the entire provision part of its work over to City Health Care Partnership, a community interest company, which is run commercially.

    Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, said, “Hull GPs are extremely concerned that patient services are going to be undermined by backdoor privatisation.”

    A BMA survey shows that nine out …

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