BMA campaigns to stop APMS health centres

The BMA's campaign to support general practice will be deemed a success if there are no further procurements of APMS health centres, says the GPC.

Laurence Buckman
Laurence Buckman

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said the government was unlikely to reverse another major policy, like the recent 10p tax fiasco, but it might end further commercialisation of the NHS.

Dr Buckman said he would be happy if there was a scenario similar to the roll out of independent treatment centres, where the government has agreed there will be no more.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said he would be happy if the federated polyclinic model was encouraged, where existing practices share services from a central hub, or if PCTs had the ability to say ‘no' to polyclinics altogether.

The BMA is sending promotional material to practices comparing the threat to general practice with the closure of dentists, post offices and banks in England.

Dr Buckman said the campaign is costing ‘a lot of money', and will feature national newspaper adverts.

The BMA will also be releasing ‘more advanced literature' for practices facing more immediate threats from polyclinics being built nearby.

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