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Private firms will not need to reveal all

Private firms that win APMS contracts will not have to reveal their details under the Freedom of Information Act.

The decision means they will not have to disclose how much money per patient they are getting, their quality framework score or profit levels.

GPs have to reveal all of this information under the Act, if asked to do so.

The ruling has infuriated GPC negotiators, who said it was a further example of how GPs were disadvantaged.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said he had taken the matter up with Government.

'We thought that was not fair and that there should be a requirement for them to provide information if they are providing NHS services.

'The playing field is not level and I don't think it will be completely level. But where it can be, we will seek to ensure that it is or point out where the bumps are.'

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