Board mergers spark GP fears

Primary care in Wales faces both a lack of representation and a lack of funding as health boards reorganise, Welsh GPs fear.

The conference heard that LMCs will be bypassed as primary and secondary care boards combine into seven local health bodies. GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey said the new bodies intended to consult local LMCs only in 'exceptional circumstances'.

'If they want cooperation of Welsh GPs they will have to soften their stance and consult us,' said Dr Bailey.

Dr Heather Evans, from Dyfed Powys, said there were 'grave concerns' that funding for primary care will be 'siphoned off into the black hole that is secondary care', as the boards combine.

The reorganisation has worsened the premises crisis in Wales, where 75 per cent of practices need updating. Last December the Welsh Assembly government ordered all premises plans to be put on hold until the reorganisation is complete.

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