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Johnson: Some singlehanders 'not up to 1948 standards'

By Gareth Iacobucci

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has launched a stinging attack on the quality of singlehanded GP practices.

Speaking at the launch of the first GP-led health centre in Bradford, the health secretary predicted that the new integrated model could spell the end of traditional singlehanded practice.

Mr Johnson courted controversy at the launch by claiming singlehanded practices often failed to match up to the quality required by the NHS at it's launch 60 years ago.

‘Some don't even reach 1948 standards,' he said, claiming the new health centres were the true fulfilment of Nye Bevan's vision for the health service.

‘This is 21st century general practice. This is Bevan's vision. In the future, there will be fewer single handed practices, with more community services in a one stop shop.'

The new centre, run by not-for-profit social enterprise Local Care Direct, which already runs out of hours services in Bradford, opened to the public for the first time this week.

Alan Johnson attacked the standard of singlehanded GP practices at the launch of the first GP-led health centre Alan Johnson : signalled that singlehanders are on their way out.

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