GPs lead the way in 'under-doctored area' Darzi bids
By Gareth Iacobucci
GP consortiums are faring better in the tendering for Lord Darzi's under-doctored practices than for GP-led health centres, Pulse can reveal
However, private providers have still won one in five of under-doctored area contracts, meaning they have picked up almost a quarter of the overall number of tenders awarded so far under the Government's Equitable Access scheme.
The latest figures show that GP consortiums have taken 55% of under-doctored practices, but only 34% of GP-led health centres, with private providers winning 26% of contracts for GP-led health centres, and 18% for under-doctored practices.
Overall, of 90 contracts awarded so far (68 for GP-led health centres, 22 for under-doctored practices) – 24% have gone to the private sector, 39% to GP consortiums, 12% to voluntary organisations, 10% to existing practices, 8% to acute trusts, and 7% to PCT provider armsGP bids are beating the private sector in APMS practice rollout in under-doctored areas GP bids are beating the private sector in APMS practice rollout in under-doctored areas