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GPs plan to block private firms

8th July 2008

Members of the Scottish government say they plan to use a "legal loophole" to block plans to allow the private sector to run GP surgeries.

"I am firmly opposed to the privatisation of healthcare and to this end the Scottish government will legislate to make sure there is no privatisation of GP services by the backdoor," said Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon at the British Medical Association annual conference.

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Ullas Ran

Saturday 3rd October 2009 @ 20:06

Private service providers for GP services can be sucessful if it's performance is monitored and well regulated with stringent penelties for failure to meet the set goals. It's the end user's benefits and care improvement is what matters. The question is are the patients happy with the service they receive? If yes, why we need to change? Why introduce late openings? why introduce annual health MOT checks? Why GP must provide an appointment within 48hrs etc etc

Process and policies needs to change to adopt to local environment and the high expectations of patient demands or we are planning to fail.

Infact, practice based commissioning is almost equivalent to private service.

Perhaps a few prototype trail may conclude the end users's satisfaction to verify and validate whether it's a good idea to introduce private GP services.

Ullas Ran
Pharmacare UK Ltd - MD

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Article Information

Title: GPs plan to block private firms
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 7422
Date Added: 8th Jul 2008


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