Government is selling GPs a 'false prospectus', Labour says

GPs ability to design services locally will be constrained by the any willing provider policy and competition law, the shadow health minister has said.

John Healey: GPs are being sold a 'false prospectus' by the government
John Healey: GPs are being sold a 'false prospectus' by the government

Talking at a King’s Fund event, John Healey said GPs are being sold a ‘false prospectus’ by the government.

He said the government has promised to hand GPs power to make commissioning decisions, but they may find themselves ‘seriously constrained’ by the government’s focus on competition.  

Mr Healey said: ‘GPs are being told they will call the shots deciding who provides care for their patients. It seems that they are likely to find their hands are tied by Monitor, the Office of Fair Trading and the courts forcing competition law.

‘Their decisions are likely to be challenged by private companies if they don’t accept any willing provider, especially if that any willing provider is willing to undercut on price.’

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