Buckman tells Annual Representatives' Meeting: 'GPs don't fear competition'

The NHS should invest in GP premises and staff rather than arrangements with private companies, said GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman in his speech to the Annual Representatives' Meeting (ARM) in Edinburgh today.

Laurence Buckman
Laurence Buckman

He said that some PCTs were convinced they should offer general practice to a corporate provider who underbid any group of GPs.

GPs were not the same as large private businesses, said Dr Buckman.

‘GPs do not fear fair competition from the private sector, wasteful of taxpayers' money though this is. What we dislike is the distorted market in which we are being forced to compete,' he said.

Dr Buckman said that the government said that it wanted to work with clinicians and the BMA would take it up on that pledge.

‘But if they don't listen to us, then we will show our patients what politicians are trying to do to their services,' he said.

He received a standing ovation.


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