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GPs will win APMS deals, says Johnson

Health Secretary Alan Johnson claims he has ‘no doubt' the majority of contracts under the Government's plans for new surgeries in under-doctored areas will be awarded to existing GP practices.

His pledge in the Commons came as he denied charges by the Liberal Democrats that GP practices were being excluded from the process.

But the Secretary of State will need a major turnaround for his prediction to be realised.

Pulse revealed earlier this year that GPs had lost out to private companies in the APMS bidding process after being under-cut by as much as 25% on cost, with GPs accounting for 51% of bids for APMS tenders, but being awarded a contract or preferred bidder status in less than one in 10 cases.

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