Magazine article Public Finance

Government Points to End of Small GP Surgeries

Magazine article Public Finance

Government Points to End of Small GP Surgeries

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Small GP surgeries have had their day and should be replaced by large enterprises, 'super surgeries' and community hospitals, a government minister and special adviser have argued.

Speaking at an NHS Confederation Conference on the future of primary care earlier this month, the prime minister's health adviser, Paul Corrigan, said that small GP surgeries were ill equipped to offer diagnostic and surgical services as they could not afford to take economic risks.

'If you are a small business, taking the risk on setting these up is really quite difficult and potentially dangerous,' he said.

'If you are a large hospital you are much more likely to take that risk, so if we really want these diagnostics to move from secondary to primary care then part of the answer is the size of the institution.'

Referring to the controversial plans for UnitedHealth Europe to take over a Derbyshire GP surgery - now subject to judicial review - Corrigan said that multinational companies did feature in his vision of the future of GP provision. …

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