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Care reforms raise concerns over patient access to GP services
Date:9/7/2007

ns also may not be adhered to because commercial primary care providers have the freedom to manage financial risk by restructuring staff costs and thereby reduce levels and quality of provision.

In the UK, there are more than 30 commercial corporations now delivering GP services through commercial contracts.

Professor Pollock said: The commercialisation of GP services will further erode fairness in the system. All of these changes amount to a loss of public accountability and government control and that is very worrying for the public and for patients. The legislation which introduced the new GP contract should be reviewed as a matter of urgency, especially in Scotland and Wales where health is devolved and where governments are choosing to eschew markets in health care.


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