In an interview with GP this week, Professor Allyson Pollock, head of the Centre for International Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, accused the BMA of 'betraying its grassroots members and the fundamental principles of the NHS'.
She warned that forcing GPs to take a more commercial approach is doomed to failure. 'The idea that GPs can play businessmen is a fallacy,' she said.
Professor Pollock also warned that the government's policies of 'deregulation' could seriously destabilise the NHS.
GPC sources declined to comment on Professor Pollock's allegations.
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