Scotland bans private firms from running practices

The BMA has welcomed a bill which would prevent private providers from tendering for practices in Scotland.

Dr Brian Keighley (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Dr Brian Keighley (Photograph: JH Lancy)

The bill, published this week, will require organisations providing primary medical services to those largely owned by medical practitioners who are ‘engaged in the day to day provision of’ care.

The Scottish government says it is intended to close a ‘legal loophole’ which would allow commercial health companies from operating in Scotland.

Dr Brian Keighley, deputy GPC Scotland chair, said the bill was an ‘act of faith in Scottish general practice’.

‘Even if a new government were to come to power, it won't be able to import strange policies from down south’ without new legislation, he said.

The new bill also includes measures intended to cut smoking rates, such as bans on cigarette vending machines and tobacco displays in shops.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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