Health Bill 'breaks promise' on GPs' power to commission, says BMA

The BMA has attacked the main plank of the government's health reforms, claiming that its pre-election pledge to devolve power to clinicians has been broken.

Dr Buckman: 'Again in the Bill we see no mention of the need to consult consortia on matters that will have a direct impact on the way they operate'
Dr Buckman: 'Again in the Bill we see no mention of the need to consult consortia on matters that will have a direct impact on the way they operate'

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said analysis of the Health Bill reveals 'the powers of the Secretary of State and the NHS Commissioning Board will be overly restrictive and controlling, going against these pledges to devolve power.'

He said that the NHS Commissioning Board had the power to 'dissolve consortia without appeal' and restrict the way GPs commission services.

'Time and time again in the Bill we see no mention of the need to consult consortia on matters that will have a direct and potentially very significant impact on the way they operate. And when it comes to the dissolution of a consortium, the most serious act of all, there is no requirement to consult the consortium or the public, and no recourse for appeal.

The statement is a further signal of a shift in the BMA's stance to the Health Bill. Opposition within the BMA has been mounting ahead of a special representative meeting on 15 March.

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