Business lobby backs BMA chairman's GP-led health centre success

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has welcomed BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum's successful bid to run a GP-led health centre.

Hamish Meldrum (Photograph: Wilde Fry)
Hamish Meldrum (Photograph: Wilde Fry)

Susan Anderson, the CBI's director of public services, offered her congratulations to the Dr Meldrum and a consortium of other GPs for their success in winning a contract to run the new centre in Bridlington, east Yorkshire.

‘These new centres promise to offer patients the friendly opening hours they want, something that will help them recover faster and reduce absence that the country can ill afford in the current economic climate,’ she said.

Polyclinics ‘will also help reduce the millions of working days lost to time spent in doctors’ waiting rooms.

‘Let’s hope other entrepreneurial groups of GPs, as well as new providers, continue to compete to offer the best possible care to patients,’ she added.

Editor's blog: Shouldn't we be congratulating not condemning Dr Hamish Meldrum?

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