UK medical professionals paid £40m last year by drug companies

The Telegraph 5th April 2013 report that “UK-based doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals were given £40 million by big pharmaceutical companies in just one year, figures suggest.”

Docs and Big Pharma

Very hard to stop this, and I myself have fallen into the habit of using drug company money to subsidise the postgraduate education of GP trainees in the past. Some countries insist that there is never a simple sales pitch without an alternative product or treatment opton beingpresented at the same time. It is also the scale which is worrying…. Bad Science is worth reading to realise how gullible doctors are..

Very few new drugs are researched on global need, rather the research budget is targetted at where the companies can develop profits, which means a G8 country that respects patents. New research is becoming more risky and more expensive… When I qualified there was a significant amount of governement funded research, but there is not much nowadays.. Should commissioning groups be able to ban certain drugs in a non-rationed system? Are the perverse incentives so great that Doctors should be stopped from seeing Drug Representatives?

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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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