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MPs propose toning down aspects of health bill that increase competition in NHS

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1643
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Competition in the NHS in England should be not allowed, as it will fatally damage some health services, doctors’ leaders have claimed, with the support of some MPs. The BMA has issued a warning in a briefing paper that the NHS should not be run like a privatised industry such as water, gas, and telecommunications.

The briefing paper for MPs was published on 10 March to coincide with MPs debating sections of the Health and Social Care Bill relating to new powers to enforce competition in the NHS in England.

Many of the amendments the BMA would like to see made to the bill, which is currently being scrutinised by MPs before proceeding through parliament, were proposed by MPs during their meeting on 10 March. The amendments will …

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