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GPs could share profits from savings made through consortiums

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1552

In the full online version of this News article by Nigel Hawkes about the consortium proposals of the private company Integrated Health Partners (IHP) (BMJ 2011;342:d1439, doi:10.1136/bmj.d1439), we wrongly included some information that did not relate to IHP. The company has never worked as a purchasing agency for private hospitals. The fourth and fifth paragraphs should therefore read: “IHP was founded by Oliver Bernath, a former consultant neurologist, who remains managing director of the company. It has shown that it can deliver savings in the NHS, forming a group of general practices in Surrey into a partnership that, it says, has delivered substantial savings through better management of referrals, treatments, and end of life care, as well as improving engagement with patients. Before he became England’s health secretary, Andrew Lansley visited the partnership in Guildford and praised its success.”


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1552

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