Practice managers fear 'major threat' of private providers

More than two out of three UK practice managers believe private sector providers pose a major threat to the quality of general practice and to patient care, according to a survey.

Many suggested that the private sector could ‘cherry pick' the most lucrative services, to leave the NHS funding costly, unprofitable treatments.

A total of 609 responses were gained for the survey for the journal Management in Practice.

Nearly 65 per cent believed practice-based commissioning had so far had no effect upon the quality of patient care.

A total of 93 per cent said that the new GMS contract had increased their workloads, with 45 per cent saying that their morale was worse since the contract was introduced.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

www.managementinpractice.com

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