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Letters Lessons from elsewhere for NHS

US doctors want to use private providers as levers for change

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 24 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e566
  1. Richard Jenkins, group medical director1
  1. 1One Medicare, Bank Top Farm, Leeds LS21 1PY, UK
  1. richardjenkins{at}

I was dismayed by Spence’s recent column “Lessons from America.”1

Personal Medical Services (PMS)/General Medical Services (GMS) GPs should be classed as private providers of healthcare contracting with the NHS (arguably as a monopoly) and not differentiated from other “private” providers. It seems a convenient mistruth to use.

As a private provider …

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