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GPs battling in “David versus Goliath” over out-of-hours tenders, says RCGP

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1067 (Published 24 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1067
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

GPs who want to run local out-of-hours services in their area should not have to compete with large private companies in “David versus Goliath” battles, the Royal College of General Practitioners has argued.

A new report from the RCGP said that many GPs in England wanted to be more involved in providing out-of-hours services but were being held back by tendering processes that made it difficult for small providers to compete with larger organisations on cost.1 It said that general practices risked being “priced out” of the market …

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