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GPs can shape services by bidding for provider contracts

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1048
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    GPs need to get to grips with the ins and outs of alternative provider medical services (APMS)—a new type of contract for providing primary care services—if they are to compete with private enterprise and shape the future of community health services, says the BMA.

    The new contractual arrangement was first outlined in the NHS Improvement Plan in June 2004. It allows primary care trusts to commission medical services from the independent sector, voluntary sector, not for profit organisations, NHS trusts, other primary care trusts, and foundation trusts. They can also commission services from doctors who are on the …

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