Scotland says no to commercialisation of GP services

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 01 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c614
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Scotland has banned private companies from running family doctor services in Scotland. The situation is in sharp contrast to England, where doctors’ leaders have mounted a campaign against the “creeping commercialisation” of general practice and hospital services.

    The Scottish parliament has amended the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 by removing the ability of commercial companies to hold primary medical services contracts. It was the corresponding clause in English legislation that has allowed the rapid expansion of commercially provided NHS GP services in England. GP services in Scotland can now only …

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