Scotland acts to bar firms from running practices

The Scottish Executive is consulting on a plan that would disqualify all except traditional GP practices from offering primary care in Scotland.

Dr Dean Marshall

The plan would amend the 1978 NHS (Scotland) act to debar commercial and voluntary providers from providing primary care to health boards.

In the foreword to the consultation, Scottish health minister Nicola Sturgeon explained that the Executive's ‘vision of a mutual model means practices that are owned by people with a direct interest in the patients they treat'.

GPC Scotland chairman Dr Dean Marshall said that the measures were ‘very welcome'.

But he added that ‘the Scottish government must ensure that it develops and delivers a clear strategy for general practice in partnership with the profession'.

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