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Health check with your groceries?

9th November 2007

Plans - part of a "controversial report" according to the Daily Mail - have been proposed which would allow GP surgeries to be run by supermarkets.

The report, authored by the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust's director of service development Sarb Basi, said 76 existing GP practices will be moved into 24 Primary Care units.

The report suggested a franchise system could control GP care and private sector firms could bid for healthcare services.

The report said: "These organisations [Virgin, Asda, Tesco] are confident they can replicate the best aspects of the GP partnership's relationship with its patients, as they do this with their customers on a daily basis."


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