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Subcontract; don't opt out, says GPC

GPs who want to give up additional services should subcontract them to another provider rather than opt out, the GPC has advised.

The move would mean GPs would keep their status as a preferred provider of the service and could take the work back when the subcontract deal ends.

GPs can opt out of additional services, including cervical cytology and vaccinations and immunisations, either for one year or permanently if they cannot provide the service. But in doing so they give primary care organisations the power to decide whether they could provide the service in future.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd told a meeting of west Kent GPs: 'If you opt out you will lose your preferred provider status.

'But if you enter a contract with another practice or sub-contract a provider, such as Boots, when that contract is over it reverts to you. These are important reasons why you might decide to subcontract.'

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