GPs to challenge PCT on controversial APMS plan

GPs in Liverpool say the consultation on plans for an APMS practice in the area was insufficient and should begin again.

They also believe that existing practices will be destabilised because the private firm named as preferred provider for the deal may be paid more than GMS practices for essential services.  

South Sefton PCT is negotiating with private firm Care UK over a possible APMS deal to run a practice in the Maghull area.  

Sefton LMC secretary Joe Chattin said: ‘We are going to lobby on the back of the Derbyshire verdict for the consultation to start again.’  

He said the case in which United Health Europe was temporarily barred from taking over a practice had made clear PCTs should consult with the public before awarding a contract (GP, 1 September).  

The terms of the proposed APMS deal have also left GPs fearing for their future. Partners at the High Pastures Surgery in Maghull wrote to PCT chairman Paul Acres earlier this month.  

The letter warned that financial pump-priming of the APMS deal would enable it to grow at the expense of existing practices.  

South Sefton PCT said it was satisfied that it had engaged with local stakeholders in an ‘appropriate and proportionate way’.
 

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