Virgin Healthcare will provide practices with new buildings and administrative services. It will also offer a range of other services, such as pharmacies and complementary therapy on site.
Chief executive Mark Adams said that GPs would retain their independent contractor status. ‘The Virgin Healthcare model is to work with healthcare professionals under existing NHS contracts,’ he said. ‘Virgin Healthcare does not intend to bid for APMS contracts.’
The company plans to open its first new health centre, in the M4 corridor, this summer. Five more are planned for next year. Next month it is launching a roadshow to sell the idea to GPs.
Health secretary Alan Johnson told The Guardian yesterday about the DoH’s plan for 250 new APMS surgeries: ‘Many will be run by the private sector. We will bring in GPs employed by private organisations.’
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