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GPs with links to private health firms may be excluded from commissioning role

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 21 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5970
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Fears have been raised that GPs with a stake in private healthcare firms may be unable to hold a leadership role in the new GP led commissioning consortia being set up as part of NHS reforms.

A survey of 350 GPs carried out by Pulse magazine found that 27% of GPs had an investment in a private provider of NHS services in their local area.

The survey also found 8% had an investment in a company providing non-health services to the NHS and 12% had a stake in another private company. Many respondents (69%) said they were concerned that the government’s plan to hand responsibility for commissioning to GPs would create …

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