BMA annual meeting: Doctors vote for an end to competitive tendering

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 24 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4230
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Doctors have overwhelmingly called on the UK government to repeal legislation that requires many clinical services in England to be tendered on the open market.

Delegates at the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting in Harrogate carried a motion that said they were “dismayed that private providers have won so many tenders for clinical services” in the NHS in England since the Health and Social Care Act came into force. The motion called for the repeal of competitive tendering legislation, in favour of a “patient focused healthcare system based on collaboration, cooperation, transparency, and accountability.”

The act introduced new rules expanding the role of competition in the NHS in England. Under the rules, clinical commissioning groups must be able to justify any decision not to …

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