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False Economy research highlights GP conflict of interest risk

Guardian front-page story on private share fears based on our research

False Economy research has shown that in 22 of the new clinical commissioning groups, at least half and sometimes all of the GPs that dominate their boards have a personal financial interest in a private provider.

The story made the front page of yesterday's Guardian, which quoted Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of GPs:

"The fact that GPs have these outside interests may influence their commissioning decisions, and may put at risk their relationship with their patients because the patient might mistrust where they are being sent to for treatment and the GP's motives.

"It may also damage the NHS because having many different providers will increase costs and fragment care, which means patients will lose out."

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