The most damning evidence of the folly of the ‘purchaser-provider split’ has been revealed by The Times*, which reports on contract-awarding bodies throughout the NHS giving contracts to the same organisations their GP members are on. ‘An ethical conflict’ is putting it mildly. (more…)
Purchaser / Provider Split
The purchaser-provider split is an artificial distinction. It does not reflect real-life medicine where the GP (labelled as “purchaser”) provides far more day-to-day medical care than the hospital (labelled as “the provider”). Less than 10% of GP referrals are referred to hospital and most of those will in due course be referred back to the….