BMA chairman Meldrum urges DoH to get rid of the market in healthcare

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum today urged the government to get rid of the damaging market in healthcare once and for all.

Hamish Meldrum
Hamish Meldrum

Opening the BMA's Annual Representatives' Meeting (ARM) in Edinburgh, he asked: ‘Where's the balance sheet that shows that the argued-for and promised increase in efficiencies and decrease in costs outweigh the transaction costs and bureaucracy of the market? Show me the evidence that for most of what we do - emergency care, long-term conditions and primary care - the market improves rather than detracts.

‘Instead we get competition not collaboration; fragmentation not continuity; inefficiency not efficiency. Not good for doctors, not good for patients, not good for the NHS.'

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