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GPs waiting to hear if procurement bids are successful

GPs are waiting to hear if their bids have been successful in a national procurement process aimed at attracting more GPs to under-doctored areas.

Bids closed last week on the first stage of the Department of Health's Fairness in Primary Care Procurement programme which is offering APMS contracts for GP surgeries in County Durham, Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Hartlepool and Nottingham PCTs.

Amid concerns that the process is unfairly weighted in favour of big companies, one insider in Durham said he knew of at least three GPs who were bidding for the contract, either alone or in partnership with private companies.

'It would be nice to see some local GPs getting into the final stages of bidding, rather than big companies,' he said.

GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum called for a level playing field in dealings with private companies.

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