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BMA chair Meldrum wins polyclinic contract

By Steve Nowottny

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum has won an APMS contract for one of the new wave of GP-led health centres.

Dr Meldrum, who led last year's high-profile Support Your Surgery campaign against the imposition of polyclinics and GP-led health centres, was part of a successful bid to run a new centre in Bridlington, east Yorkshire, where his existing practice is based.

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire has announced that the new APMS contract has been awarded to the Bridlington Healthcare NHS Collaborative, a joint arrangement between the PCT's provider arm, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Community Services, and four local practices.

The new 8am to 8pm, 7 day a week surgery, due to be opened in June, will have around 2,500 registered patients, and also provide walk-in appointments.

A BMA spokesperson said: ‘The BMA has never opposed the principle of polyclinics where there is proven clinical need. We have objected to their imposition on every Primary Care Trust in England, the fact that many were proposed on inappropriate sites and that in many areas the tendering process appeared to favour commercial bidders. Many GP practices have got involved in an attempt to protect local services and maintain high quality care locally.'

'Dr Meldrum has no financial interest in the Bridlington GP Access Centre, will have no day-to-day involvement with the running of the centre and neither his practice nor the three other town practices will gain financially from their association with this not-for-profit organisation which is being led by the provider-arm of the Primary Care Trust.'

Dr Hamish Meldrum, BMA chair. His practice has won a contract for a polyclinic in Bridlington, East Yorkshire Dr Hamish Meldrum, BMA chair. His practice has won a contract for a polyclinic in Bridlington, East Yorkshire

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