UK government invites bids for general practices in supermarkets

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:605
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Supermarkets could house new NHS general practices, under government plans to boost access to primary care in some of the United Kingdom's most deprived areas.

    The health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, said that Hartlepool, County Durham, Ashfield, and Great Yarmouth will be the first areas to gain extra family practices, walk-in centres, and minor injuries units located in private businesses.

    Private health firms, GPs, and social enterprises will be free to bid for the contracts with primary care trusts (PCTs), which could include early morning, evening, and weekend clinics, under the “fairness in primary care” procurement programme. Contracts …

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