Labour seems to be watering down promise to abolish PFIBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4545 (Published 02 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4545
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A provocative piece, I think. Labour is committed to reviewing all PFI contracts, with a view to value for money, or "Fiscal rules" as John Mcdonell said. And as to this beyond the fringe idea of deselecting GPs, Labour is having a struggle applying the principle to its MPs. Patients are perfectly free to deselect their GP, and register with the GP of their choice, and always have been. A sufficient groundswell of opinion would quickly put an unpopular GP out of business.
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Dear BMJ editor,
I was at the LP conference. I did not hear anyone say they would 'deslect GPs' and it is irresponsible of you to repeat this assertion without attribution, and then to devote considerable space in the editorial to this. There is enough depressing news about the NHS without scaremongering.
There was a great deal of time at the conference devoted to the NHS. There was a march and rally of thousands of people on Sunday 24th at which both Ashworth and McDonnell spoke, there was a 2 hour session on health and social care on the conference floor on Tuesday, with very important motions passed including reinstating the NHS, there were numerous fringe and The World Transformed events about the NHS, at which MPs and ministers spoke.
The NHS and social care are very high on the LP agenda, and considering how to tackle PFI is part of that.
Dr C Jones
Competing interests: I am the chair of the Hackney South & Shoreditch Constituency Labour Party, and a GP in Hackney