London GPs reject long hours plans
Rumours that we expect the independent sector to deliver all the services being taken forward under the primary care plurality pilot programme are wide of the mark ('Pilot access plan opens door to private sector competition', News, July 30).
We have no expectations about any particular providers. It will be up to PCTs locally to select the most appropriate service provider. GPs, as well as NHS foundation trusts and other NHS trusts, can bid to provide the services.
GPs will compete with the independent sector on a level playing field and we will be ensuring that the advertisements for the services will be publicised in the relevant specialist media.
Far from being a threat, the programme opens the door to GPs to provide essentially new and full services in geographical areas they do not currently cover. It also gives GPs the freedom to deliver new services for patients at their local practice.
Department of Health