Unions attack plan to allow providers to offer cut price services

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 18 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d331
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Unions representing NHS staff have attacked plans to allow “any willing provider” to compete on price for the right to deliver healthcare services.

In a letter to the Times, the BMA, the Royal Colleges of Nursing and Midwives, the unions Unison and Unite, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists accuse the government of failing to heed warnings that introducing competition on the basis of price will damage healthcare services.

Their concerns arise from the NHS operating framework, published last month, which …

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