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Letters Bury the bill

BMA has made a poor health bill worse

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4738
  1. Simon P Hambling, general practitioner1
  1. 1NHS Cambridgeshire, Cambridge, UK
  1. simon.hambling{at}

Disappointingly, the BMA has not championed the benefits of bringing clinicians to the forefront of commissioning. Far too much time has been spent focusing on the weak points of the government’s proposals,1 so losing the parts that would clearly benefit health systems and patients.

Our commissioning agenda was always how to repatriate decisions from management and to drive forward collaboration and cooperation among the mosaic of service providers. The …

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