PCT to 'franchise' its three new Darzi health centres

A PCT aims to open health centres promised to the area by health minister Lord Ara Darzi using its controversial ‘franchise’ model.

LMC leaders believe it will worsen the current situation in Heart of Birmingham PCT where many GPs are approaching retirement age.

Birmingham LMC medical secretary Dr Charles Zuckerman said the PCT is under prepared to develop the centres within its target of 15 months.

A report by the PCT's professional executive committee board says that the specification of the three new health centres, recommended by Lord Darzi to under-doctored areas, ‘accords with that being developed for the ‘franchise' model'.

A spokeswoman confirmed the trust was looking at how the schemes will work together.

GP reported how the PCT was planning to replace 76 mainly small or single-handed practices with 24 larger, franchised units with the intention of attracting young GPs to the area late last year (GP, 16 November).

The franchised centres will operate to a standard contract setting out everything from staff uniforms and logos to opening hours and cleaning rotas. 

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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