Acevo attacks BMA advice that NHS should be 'preferred provider'

Chief executives body says letter to GPs would exclude voluntary organisations

Chief executives body Acevo has criticised a letter to all GPs from the chief executive of the British Medical Association  telling them that the NHS should be their preferred provider of services.

The letter was described as "very unhelpful" by Ralph Michell, head of policy at chief executives body, because it appeared to discourage GPs from using services provided by the voluntary or private sector.

"GPs should be doing what is best for their patients," said Michell. "If the best provider is a voluntary sector one, that’s the one they should go with."

The letter to all GPs in the wake of the recent White Paper on the health service says:"We continue to believe that, wherever possible, GPs should ensure that NHS providers are the providers of choice."

"We should look inside the NHS and to our professional body for support, rather than going elsewhere for advice."

Acevo also campaigned against former health secretary Andy Burnham’s announcement that NHS bodies should be the preferred provider of health services.

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