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BMA launches campaign against commercialisation of NHS

By Gareth Iacobucci

The BMA has officially launched its campaign to fight back against the Government's commercialisation agenda.

As Pulse first revealed last month, ‘Look After Our NHS' is aiming to gather examples of the impact and cost of market-led NHS reforms, highlighting where public money is being wasted, and the negative effects on patient care and GPs' working lives.

GPs are being asked to sign up to a set of eight key principles that call for an end to the commercialisation of the NHS.

These include calls to ‘significantly reduce' commercial involvement in the NHS, to prioritise co-operation over competition, for patient care to come before financial targets, and for doctors' training to be protected.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, BMA Chairman of Council said: 'A market economy is based on winners and losers. We're not prepared to allow parts of the NHS to fail.

'We want to get rid of the market in healthcare and allow our hospitals and GP surgeries to work together, not be forced to compete against each other for business. Worse still it leads to unnecessary duplication, encourages gaming and there is no good evidence that it drives up quality.'

Further details of the campaign can be found at http://www.lookafterournhs.com/.

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