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Dr John Dixon says he wants to bid against the private sector to offer new primary care services but doubts whether GPs will be allowed to compete on a level playing field.

Dr Dixon's practice in Accrington, Lancashire, is in one of the six PCTs chosen to pilot a tendering process for new services. He said he would consider partnering with other practices to bid for APMS contracts but said groups of GPs taking on new practices may need 'pump-priming' money.

'As long as there is a level playing field and everybody gets the chance to bid ­ that's the big concern for all GPs,' he said.

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