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Four practices are put out to tender

PCTs in Leeds have joined forces to put four practices out to tender. Two brand-new surgeries, including one in the city centre, and two existing practices in deprived areas are up for grabs.

The five trusts have specified that bids can be for an individual practice, more than one or all of the surgeries.

GPs and other bidders will have to show how they intended to reduce health inequalities, improve access in hard-to-reach groups, including asylum seekers, and cut A&E attendance.

Dr Richard Vautrey, Leeds LMC secretary, said the proposals had created a 'degree of anxiety' among local GPs. Many were willing to take on the practices, he said, but were nervous at how they would fare in the bidding process.

He said: 'It will be an interesting test if they are successful or larger outside companies are more successful.'

The PCTs have already run two workshops to give practices information about the process and help them prepare bids.

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