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Cost of NHS reforms could spiral if GPs decide to seek private sector support

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 26 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d573
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The transition cost of the NHS reforms could be much higher than current government estimates if GP commissioning consortiums decide to go outside of the NHS for support, MPs have been told.

NHS chief executive David Nicholson told the parliamentary public accounts committee that the estimated cost of changing the way the NHS operates could rise depending on GPs’ choice.

MPs on the committee were quizzing Mr Nicholson on 25 January as part of their inquiry into the National Audit Office report National Health Service Landscape Review published on 20 January.

Mr Nicholson said the current estimate of the transition of the NHS reforms …

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