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BMA raises concerns over NHS competition proposals

1st October 2010

The British Medical Association (BMA) has voiced its concerns that proposals to increase competition within the NHS could prove damaging to healthcare outcomes.

In its new white paper, the government has suggested implementing a more market-based approach to healthcare provision, in which patients would be able to seek care from "any willing provider" and industry body Monitor would be tasked with promoting competitiveness.

However, the BMA has stated that such a move could risk creating an emphasis on cost over care quality, as well as damaging the ability of healthcare providers to work cooperatively.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the council at the BMA, added that it would also promote bureaucracy and inefficiency, arguing that the government should focus on more productive proposals such as the abolition of top-down targets.

He added: "Doctors want to … maintain and improve services despite the hugely challenging financial climate. However, they can only succeed if they can work in partnership with others in a cooperative environment."

Last month, the BMA criticised the amount of paperwork faced by junior doctors, after conducting research showing that trainees are currently spending more time carrying out administrative tasks than receiving formal training.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800094810-ADNFCR

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