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'Losing APMS bid shattered my morale'

A GP who lost out to a private firm in an APMS bid to run his own practice has spoken of the devastating effect the decision had on his morale and that of his colleagues.

Dr John Edwards had worked at the PCT-run practice in Hounslow, west London, for seven years, building it up into a training and research practice.

He has now left to work in Taunton, Somerset, after being outbid by Greenbrook Healthcare, a GP-commercial company set up specifically for the bid and based in a neighbouring PCT.

Dr Edwards said: 'By no stretch of the imagination could we be described as a failing practice.'

He said the practice was now being run almost entirely by locums after delays in signing the contract with the company left the PCT still in charges. This prompted a series of staff departures.

Michael Steel, chief executive of Greenbrook Healthcare, said: 'We do not think it is appropriate for us to respond to disappointed bidders.'

Dr John Edwards: We were by no means a failing practice. Dr John Edwards

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