First private GP practice29th May 2006
Barking and Dagenham primary care trust in east London has awarded the private health provider, Care UK, a five-year contract to run the first commercial GP practice in England.
Care UK is understood to have beaten four other bidders. The contract, worth more than £1m a year, is for a new 7,000-patient practice and walk-in centre, and is expected to treat 100 patients a day. Care UK also has contracts in the area for an independent treatment centre, nursing and home care services.
The deal is the first of a series of nationally organised contracts that will eventually cover 30 areas where there are not enough GPs. It is seen in the Department of Health as the first step to breaking the near-monopoly of general practitioners as the providers of routine primary care to National Health Service providers. The total market is likely to be worth in excess of £150m over the next five years.
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Title: First private GP practice
Author: Luke Sturgess-Durden
Article Id: 352
Date Added: 29th May 2006