Independent sector providers (primary care)

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: ISTC | Tags: |

Health Management Specialist Library | accessed 22 April 2009


‘3.43 We will ensure that both new and existing providers are allowed to provide services in underserved areas. Social enterprises, the voluntary sector and independent sector providers will all make valuable contributions in the longstanding challenge of addressing inequalities.’ (1)

‘Patients living in deprived areas should soon find it easier to get a doctor’s appointment following the launch of a Government drive to find extra GPs and nurses for those towns and cities with the fewest family doctors…

‘New services expected to open are extra family practices, walk-in centres and minor injuries units…The contracts for the new services will run for an initial five years, with the potential to extend for longer.

‘The ‘Fairness in Primary Care Procurement’ programme is expected to provide patients with better access to a family doctor and more choice of GP, including flexible opening hours and extended services, such as minor surgery…

‘Over the coming months, the department will work with further PCTs with the fewest GPs for their populations, as identified in the white paper, as well as other relatively under-doctored or Spearhead PCTs, to invite new providers to deliver extra local services.

‘The programme aims to attract a broad range of providers, from existing entrepreneurial GPs to social enterprises and corporate independent providers.’ (2)


1. Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services. (Department of Health, 2006)

2. More family doctor services for deprived areas. (Department of Health press release, 19 March 2007)


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