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Are GPs operating 'gentleman's agreements' not to pinch patients?

Ben Bradshaw has this morning accused practices of operating 'gentleman's agreements' not to take on each others' patients, with the effect of stifling choice in the NHS. Does he have a point?

Ben Bradshaw has this morning accused practices of operating 'gentleman's agreements' not to take on each others' patients, with the effect of stifling choice in the NHS. Does he have a point?



Or is it actually the reverse, that there are more practices out there llikely to try to cherry pick 'profitable' patients from their neighbours?

The GPC has predictably described Mr Bradshaw's comments on the BBC's Today programme as 'absolute nonsense' and that GPs would never compete with each other for patients, but we'd like to hear from you about what it's like in your area.

Would you compete? Are you facing competition already? Do you market your practice with the aim of entice patients from other practices?

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Ben Bradshaw - has accused GPs of agreeing not to take each other's patients

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