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BMA fears march of the private sector into general practice

By Gareth Iacobucci

The BMA fears all of the 150 primary care centres at the Government will establish a new privately run health centre in every PCT by the end of the year.

GPC vice-chair Dr Richard Vautrey told BBC Radio Five Live that the drive to build 150 new APMS-led health centres in each PCT would effectively lead to a privately run health-centre opening in every town in the country by the end of this year.

The fears follow the recent admission from the health secretary that a large number of the Government's 100 new GP practices and 150 GP-led health centres, which are being set up to improve access in so-called under-doctored areas, would come under private ownership. He said ‘What the Government are planning is that effectively every town in the country is expected to open a privately run health centre by the end of this year.

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