APMS threat for Kent practices

Practices in Kent are predicting financial ruin as six new APMS practices look set to be placed within three miles of each other.

Lord Darzi
Lord Darzi
It confirms fears that health minister Lord Ara Darzi's new health centres will-destabilise existing practices. Each of the 50 PCTs recognised as under-doctored are racing to develop three to four new surgeries each by December. 

Staff in practices around Chatham, in Kent, believe redundancies will result as patient lists are divided between the new health centres.

Kent LMC clerk Dr David Barr said: ‘The practices are unhappy that a new practice will be dumped on their doorstep. I don't know why the PCT couldn't get everyone together and say "who wants to expand their practice?"' 

‘It is an appalling way to treat an area that needs development.'

But a spokeswoman for Medway PCT said Chatham was chosen because patients were struggling to register with a GP in the area, patient survey outcome was poor and up to 8,000 new residents are expected within six years.

‘It was apparent that these three particular areas would remain the areas of the highest need in Medway without additional resources being introduced into the area,' she said.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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