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Sharp rise in GP mergers as smaller practices struggle to stay above water


Ivan "3 single handed GPs in Manchester should have retired long time ago" Benett (your words, not mine) Good of you to jump up on agenda which you have been pushing for months. As previous posters pointed out, where is your evidence? My local area showed a clear trend of better patient satisfaction, lower referral and AED attendance rate, inversely propotional to list size (i.e. smaller the better outcome). Many wannabie economist/politicians talk about economies of scale. But you might want to look for words like diseconomy of scale, horizontal vs vertical integration. Many will then realize the perceived benefit of the integration may not always materialize. And it is this assumption that by having a larger unit you'd achieve efficient service (and hence savings) leads to many failed mergers. In fact many large companies now separate parts of it's branches for this reason. It will also make the economy vulnarable and whilst it may be good for those in the exec chair, it may not be the case for the workers and customers - look at South Korea for example. It's all very well wanting change, I'm all for it - but don't try and sell us your vision with your agenda without factual evidence as "good change"

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21 Oct 2014

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