BMA demands end of market-based policies in NHS

Market-based policies in NHS healthcare provision will undermine doctor/patient relationships and must be abandoned, doctors have voted.

Dr George Rae: market-based policies will destroy doctor/patient relationships (Photograph: J H Lancy)
Dr George Rae: market-based policies will destroy doctor/patient relationships (Photograph: J H Lancy)

Delegates at the Annual Representatives' Meeting in Cardiff have voted that market-based policies are ‘ideologically driven’ and ‘are potentially detrimental to medical training and professionalism.’

Speaking in favour of the motion from the North East regional council, GP Dr George Rae argued market-based policies would destroy doctor/patient relationships and lead to poor quality healthcare.

Dr Rae argued that if patients felt in any way that ‘our decisions are defined by financial interest,’ it would undermine the foundation of the NHS.

‘We know that any market will eventually lead to competition,’ Dr Rae said.

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