GPs condemn 'baffling' plan

The franchising plan has provoked mostly criticism from GPs.

Dr Charles Zuckerman
Dr Charles Zuckerman

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said he thought the framework was a joke.

'It's baffling. I can hardly believe that we are having a rational discussion about bringing McDonald's into healthcare.

'It is the absolute antithesis of why people enter healthcare.'

Dr Buckman also questioned how the scheme could be piloted with just a few centres. 'What happens if you destroy a few practices and then decide it hasn't worked?'

Dr Charles Zuckerman, medical secretary at Birmingham LMC said: 'What's this got to do with medicine? This is a business model.'

Former Heart of Birmingham GP Dr Fay Wilson said: 'They are deprived areas, where GPs are being looked down upon. Some GPs can't afford the service charges in the new premises.'

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