BMA leader calls for end of 'ludicrous' NHS market

The DoH must put an end to wasteful commercialisation of the NHS to protect resources as public funding cuts loom, the BMA chairman has said.

Dr Hamish Meldrum
Dr Hamish Meldrum

Dr Hamish Meldrum told the BMA's annual representative meeting, which began in Liverpool today, that ministers should not shy away from u-turns on policies that had failed.

He called on the NHS to ditch costly management consultants, drop the use of private finance initiative (PFI) funding, and end the 'ludicrous, divisive, expensive experiment of the market in healthcare in England'.

He added that NHS leaders should not listen to 'siren voices' calling for a shift to social insurance-based funding for UK healthcare.

'It would seem particularly perverse that, just as it appears that President Obama wants to move away from that discredited system, some in the UK should be arguing that we move further in that direction,' Dr Meldrum told the conference.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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