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Increased competition threatens to undermine aims of white paper, says BMA

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 30 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5384
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Positive elements of the government’s plans for the NHS in England—such as giving more control to patients and frontline clinicians and a stronger focus on public health—are under threat from other aspects that seek to accelerate competition in the health service, the BMA has warned.

In its response to the Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS white paper (BMJ 2010;341:c3796, 14 Jul, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3796), the BMA says it is interested in exploring proposals for most services to be commissioned by consortiums …

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