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PCT given vote of no confidence over APMS decision

By Gareth Iacobucci

A PCT which controversially awarded a new APMS practice to a private firm ahead of an award-winning local GP has received a vote of no-confidence from local doctors.

Tower Hamlets LMC issued a letter to the PCT outlining its loss of confidence in the their commitment to providing good quality primary care, following last week's decision, exclusively revealed by Pulse, to award the APMS contract for the PCT run practice at St Paul's Way to ATOS Healthcare.

The decision to select ATOS ahead of two local GPs, including Dr Sam Everington, former deputy chair of the BMA, reigning European GP of the Year, and the Government's leading adviser on access, has sparked outrage among local GPs.

The PCT said it had awarded the contract to Atos after judging on criteria such as ‘opening hours, appointment availability, quality systems, range of services and how well they understood local need'.

However, the LMC accused the PCT of choosing profit over patient care and said there was concern that continuity of care will be sidelined in order to meet the financial targets.

Dr Sella Shanmugadasan, chair of Tower Hamlets LMC, said: ‘It has become clear that the PCT is only concerned with the bidder able to offer the best value for money. The LMC is concerned about the implications for the future about this decision especially that six prac-tices are still currently managed by the PCT and that these could potentially be awarded to private organisa-tions to the detriment of pa-tient healthcare.'

Dr Sam Everington: missed out on APMS bid Dr Sam Everington: missed out on APMS bid

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