Councillor speaks out against NHS budget changes

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A CONCERNED councillor has spoken out about his fears regarding changes that will see local GPs put in charge of their budget.

Bassetlaw’s Clinical Commissioning Group will succeed the Primary Care Trust in becoming a statutory body responsible for a budget of around £140 million.

Bassetlaw District Councillor Graham Oxby however, is suspicious of the idea.

“I’ve got serious doubts about this,” he said.

“If GPs are allowed to commission services, then there’s nothing stopping a group of them from forming themselves into a private company and bidding for work.”

- FOR more information about the initiative and Coun Oxby’s views see Friday’s Worksop Guardian.