Cullompton Doctor: 'GPs will walk' over NHS reforms
A LEADING Cullompton doctor is challenging the Government over NHS reforms.
Dr Michael Dixon, interim president of the NHS Clinical Commissioners, said healthcare commissioners faced becoming "bogged down" in drawn-out processes and could be open to expensive legal claims.
He has called for the wording of the rules over the use of competition to be re-written, or else he feared that some GPs "would walk."
More than 1,000 doctors and nurses have demanded the Government withdraw the regulations forcing NHS trusts to open up to competition.
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The Government has banned "any restrictions" that were "not necessary" on allowing private and voluntary groups to compete to run taxpayer-funded healthcare.
Dr Dixon, of the Culm Valley Centre for Integrated Health, Willand Road, said: "We don't want to get clinical commissioning groups bogged down in protracted processes. Unless the commissioner is king, the system is going to fall down. And the clinicians will walk and feel the whole thing has been a complete waste of time," added Dr Dixon, who has twice been visited by Prince Charles at the pioneering Culm Valley centre.
The government said the rules were aimed at ensuring the process was fair to everyone involved.