The health secretary told the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester today that the government was 'not on an ideological mission' to introduce private provision to the NHS. But he said it would be 'perverse' not to use competitive tendering.
'If we're going to see up to 150 GP-led healthcare centres, we're not going to hand them to existing practices. We want certain things in those centres,' he said.
But 'we expect GP consortiums to pick up most of those contracts', he added.
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