GP private firms grab NHS cash

The perverse incentives inherent in the ill thought out English system are aired in The Sunday Times (31st March 2013) by Stephen May.

FLAGSHIP health reforms are mired in controversy over members of new NHS  commissioning bodies who award lucrative contracts to themselves.

In one case, a clinical commissioning group (CCG) awarded a £150,000 deal to a  company created by its chairman. The revelations expose potential conflicts  of interest in the first wave of contracts under the health service reforms  launched tomorrow.

Critics believe they will blight the 211 new CCGs and drag the government into  a fresh row over its NHS shake-up……..

The truth is that not many GPs have engaged with the new arrangements, and those that have are tempted to have business interests which are conflicts of interest. Most GPs like to see their patients, and few either have the interest or the skills to be involved in commissioing.  In the RCGP we had an educational programme called “What Sort of Doctor” (WhatSoD} some years ago… It takes a very special, or a disillusioned doctor to take on the extra work and reading, and to run a business: the scapegoat role for government  Watch this space, but Welsh GPs predict it will all end in tears in England.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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