Emotions run high at GP demo against APMS
By Ian Quinn
Emotions ran high as dozens of GPs and patients took to the streets to protest at what they claim is a bias towards private companies under the Government APMS initiative.
Yesterday's demonstration in Tower Hamlets was sparked by the PCT's controversial decision to awards a contract to private provider Atos Healthcare, ahead of local GPs, including the Government's own advisor on access, Dr Sam Everington.
GPs carried placards warning of the creeping privatisation of primary care.
Dr Kambiz Boomla, a local GP who also lost out to Atos in the bidding for the St Paul's Way practice, was among the protestors.
He told Pulse: ‘Traditional practice is set up to fail in this type of procurement. It doesn't place any emphasis on continuity of care and having a regular family doctor. It prioritises all the latest Government buzz words like access over quality of long-term care.'
Tower Hamlets has denied that its tender process was biased, while Atos claims it is committed to improving local healthcare for patients