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APMS 'failure' evidence of why private firms should be banned

By Joanne Ellul

GP leaders says the failure of APMS services in England shows why private firms should be kept from running primary care services.

Dr Dean Marshall, chair of the Scottish GPC, spoke out after business leaders launched a bid to overturn a proposed ban on private providers north of the border.

CBI Scotland said the proposals in the Scottish Government's Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill, published in February, should be dropped as they went directly against the devolved Government's commitment to pursuing ‘lighter and more effective regulation'.

However, Dr Marshall said: ‘We don't see any benefit in bringing in the private sector. We can see this through looking to the problems in England. AMPS in England has not improved services to patients. Private services have been preferentially funded to encourage them to come into the market. We think there should be investment in current GP services.'

And Dr Georgina Brown, a member of Glasgow LMC, said: ‘The ban is an excellent idea. We have seen the problems in England with providers competing with GP services. We think we provide a cheap and effective working service. Using private sector services will be more expensive. Investing in us will mean we'd provide better services.'

Dr Dean Marshall: APMS schemes in England have brought no benefit Dr Dean Marshall: APMS schemes in England have brought no benefit

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