Responding to the PAC report into the contract between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG and Uniting Care Partnership, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
“This is further evidence of the damage caused by the health and social care act.
“It is a perfect example of how enforcing competition in the NHS has fragmented services and compromised the delivery of high quality patient care. The responsibility for a growing number of services is often given to the lowest bidder with patient care suffering as a consequence.
“It is pointless to continue trying and failing to make these poorly conceived structures work. The government must accept that it is time to abolish the health and social care act, rather than wait for further failures which impact patient care.”