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GPs won't run when going gets tough

Like many GPs, I was fascinated to read that private companies such as Virgin are pulling out of bidding for primary care activity.

This demonstrates the fragility of private sector plans, which in no way provide a sound mechanism for delivering primary care to potentially millions of patients.

Gordon Brown is criticising banks for putting aspects of their business off balance sheet but he is doing precisely that with primary care.

Encouraging private providers to come into primary care means that Government spending is hidden.

Instead of the Government spending money, the provider would borrow the money and then spend it so it does not appear as Government expenditure.

Are we going to see polyclinics set up around the country only for the providers to pull out when the going gets a bit tough?

If there is to be investment into primary care, let's see it directed at those who know what they are doing and are in it for the long term - GPs.

Dr Lisa Silver, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire

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