News in brief: NAPC criticises the BMA

The BMA's plan to close the purchaser-provider divide (GP, 11 May) has been criticised by the National Association of Primary Care.

NAPC chairman Dr James Kingsland said: 'The BMA should be supporting and encouraging both GPs and consultants to take ownership of commissioning services for the NHS. The reality is likely to be that if practice-based commissioning fails, then we shall see more commissioning by non-NHS organisations, with less general practice influence.'

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