PCT abandons its APMS plans

An east London PCT has abandoned plans for five APMS practices, following protests from GPs.

Tower Hamlets PCT hit the headlines last winter when it awarded the contract for the St Paul's Way practice in Bow to IT services company Atos Origin.

The decision was met by a crowd of protesters and a vote of no confidence from the area's LMC. The PCT was considering inviting bids to take over five more practices it currently runs.

However, it will now give each of these practices a year to improve instead, while it adopts a more arms-length approach to management.

Successful practice teams will then be invited to submit business cases to take over the practices as independent contractors.

A PCT spokesman said that the APMS process was 'time consuming'.

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