Royal colleges targeted by competition rules campaign

A GP blogger campaigning against the 'section 75' NHS competition regulations has launched an online tool for doctors to lobby the royal colleges.

Dr David Wrigley wants GPs to lobby the royal colleges over the new competition rules (Photo: Pete Hill)
Dr David Wrigley wants GPs to lobby the royal colleges over the new competition rules (Photo: Pete Hill)

Dr David Wrigley, a Lancashire GP whose motion calling for outright opposition to section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was passed by GPC last month, said he set up the ‘Call on the College’ site to ‘allow grassroots doctors to lobby their college and ask them to call for withdrawal of the legislation’.

A so-called ‘fatal motion’ to kill off the regulations, tabled by Labour health spokesman Lord Hunt, will be debated in the House of Lords on 24 April.

Dr Wrigley told GP the government was pushing through legislation that would ‘force competitive tendering on CCGs’ to the advantage of large corporations.

Writing at the Our NHS campaign site, he said: ‘At the moment the royal colleges are once more engaging fully with the legislation and merely calling for amendments, when all can see that outright withdrawal is the only option to try and stop the NHS being parcelled up and sold off.'

DH has said the purpose of the regulations was simply to transfer existing procurement requirements from PCTs to CCGs and to allow the regulator Monitor to enforce the rules.

DH officials rewrote the original section 75 after a furious response from GPs, royal colleges and opposition politicians.

But the redrafted regulations still state that commissioners can only award contracts without competition if they can show no other provider could offer the service.

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