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Blair's man backs singlehanders' survival

Threats from private providers will force GPs to reform themselves, but could end up protecting singlehanded practices, Tony Blair's health adviser has said.

Professor Paul Corrigan, public policy adviser to 10 Downing Street, said he wanted to see singlehanders survive the latest round of health reforms.

He told an NHS Confederation conference he could envisage a future where singlehanded practices existed as 'a net- work of ones' held together by an overarching structure.

Professor Corrigan has previously said that GP practices run as small businesses would not be suitable for future provision.

He told the London conference: 'I am not talking about

a GP practice of 260 doctors. In some cases it will be bigger physical size, in some it will be bigger virtual size.'

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