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Thursday, 14 March 2013

GP 'producer capture' of NHS?

Prior to the Thatcher Government launching its privatisation onslaught in the 1980's, an early neo liberal political narrative was constructed to undermine public support for public services. Alongside 'bureaucracy', 'inefficiency' and 'waste' was the concept of 'producer capture' - a term used to describe the supposed vested interests of public service workers who ran services in their own interests rather than those of service users. Fast forward 30 years to an ironic situation where more than a third of GP's on the boards of new NHS commissioning groups in England have a financial interest in a for-profit health provider beyond their own practice. The neo liberal wheel has turned full circle and real producer capture now exists: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21772143