LMCs warn Health Bill will privatise the NHS

LMC leaders have called for the health regulator Monitor to promote co-operation in the NHS, and warned the Health Bill as it stands will lead to 'the inevitable privatisation of the NHS'.

A motion carried at the 2011 LMC conference called for the role of Monitor to shift away from promoting competition towards promoting co-operation.

The government has recently said it will hand the regulator a duty to promote integration, but believes this duty can sit alongside a role in promoting competition.

GPs also supported a call for the GPC to campaign against the implementation of the government's 'any willing provider' policy, because it allows cherry-picking of profitable services and could lead to the disintegration of NHS-provided services.

Supporting the motions, Dr Andrew Taylor from Liverpool LMC said the policy ‘will open up the dying NHS to multinational vultures'. ‘My patients don’t want any willing provider,’ Dr Taylor said.
‘They want high quality easily accessible local care.’

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