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Scottish GPs want no part of English “market driven” reforms

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1633
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Family doctors in Scotland are demanding greater influence over the care of their patients but are strongly opposed to the controversial health reforms being pursued in England.

The annual conference of Scottish local medical committees on 10 March agreed to explore models of GP commissioning but only after unanimously rejecting the “market driven healthcare policies of the UK coalition government.”

The conference was told that the health systems in Scotland and England are diverging to such an extent that England now appears more foreign to Scottish doctors than continental Europe.

The chairman of …

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