Observations Lobby Watch


BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d61 (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d61
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}googlemail.com

Who are they?

Civitas: The Institute for the Study of Civil Society is a right leaning think tank on social policy with a major focus on health. It was described by the BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Justin Webb as “a champion of free market solutions.”

It believes that allowing a greater role for market forces and commercial competition in the NHS would improve a service currently hidebound by central planning. Many who oppose private sector encroachment in the health service fear that this is a key aim of the latest government reforms.

However, the director of the think tank’s health unit, James Gubb, is a critic of health secretary Andrew Lansley’s plans (BMJ 2010;341:c6087, doi:10.1136/bmj.c6087 …

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