An investigation reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that more than one-third of GPs on the boards of new NHS commissioning groups in England could have potential conflicts of interest.
According to the BMJ, 426 (36%) of the 1,179 GPs it investigated in executive positions on boards have a financial interest in a for-profit health provider beyond their own practice. 12% of the GPs had declared links with not-for-profit organisations which could potentially pose conflicts of interest in their commissioning roles. 9% of GPs declared a conflict of interest through a family member.
Dreaper, J. (2013). Conflicts of interest ‘rife’ among new GP commissioners. London: BBC News, March 14th 2013.
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Iacobucci, G. (2013). More than a third of GPs on commissioning groups have conflicts of interest, BMJ investigation shows. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), March 13th 2013, Vol. 346, f1569.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].