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It is very interesting to read the news item about consultant’s right
to work in private sector. There were articles and news item appeared in
British medical journal about how to protect the National Health Service.
I believe, as a member of the British medical association, that we are
still looking for ways and means of how to protect the NHS. In this
context, the NHS trusts would naturally fear that the patient’s right to
choose the private hospital and the consultant’s right to work in private
sector, might risk the survival of NHS trusts in long term. Though, there
are conflicts of interest for consultants working in NHS and private
sector for various reasons, this has been accepted by the government and
British medical association for a long time. Even worse is those NHS
consultants are in medical staff committee in private sector and working
closely with managers for the benefit of the private sector. Therefore,
for the long term of survival of the NHS, the NHS consultants should not
be allowed to be in the management committee, if their main commitment is
NHS. Otherwise, in my view it is an absolute conflict of interest that
would be detrimental for the survival of NHS.
consultant working in NHS and private sector