Health Bill spells 'end of the NHS', says Lancet

The Health Bill spells 'the end of the NHS as we know it', The Lancet has warned.

The editorial says there is 'a crisis in the NHS', comparing GP commissioning to the failed fundholding schemes of the past. The Lancet says GPs will once again have to consider what they can afford for their patients, looking back to an editorial from 1948 to illustrate its point.

It says: 'On July 3, 1948, in an editorial entitled "Our Service", The Lancet commented: "Now that everyone is entitled to full medical care, the doctor can provide that care without thinking of his own profit or his patient’s loss."'

'Now, GPs will return to the market place and will decide what care they can afford to provide for their patients.'

The BMA has also stepped up its opposition to the reforms, setting out a series of amendments it wants to see made to the Health Bill and scheduling an emergency meeting for March 15th.

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