GP leader hits out at tenders obsession
By Gareth Iacobucci
Primary care is becoming ‘obsessed' with expensive tendering processes that prioritise those with good marketing departments, the leader of the NHS Alliance has warned.
In his keynote speech at the organisation's annual conference in Bournemouth, Alliance chair Dr Michael Dixon said the trend for tendering services under APMS, including the current rollout of Darzi centres, could turn primary care into ‘a giant auction house'.
He said tendering processes were diverting money and time away from patient care, and should only be used as a ‘last resort' when commissioning services.
He said: ‘Why have we become so obsessed with tendering? It is exhausting, expensive and stressful. It diverts time and resources from patient care. It should be the option of last resort.'
‘Otherwise, our patients will be cared for by people whose chief qualities are that they are financially strong, run effective public relations and marketing departments and good at submitting well written tenders.'