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Threat to quality of primary care

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independent sector companies may pose a threat to the quality of primary care services, Unison members warned last week at the union’s healthcare service group conference in Manchester.

Multinational firms are undercutting GP surgeries when bidding for contracts, they said. Many lacked experience in the sector and were attempting to win contracts simply by offering to provide services at lower costs than their rivals, they claimed.

Delegates also raised concerns about United Health Europe’s successful bid to win a contract for a group of GP surgeries in Camden, North London. Janet Maiden, branch secretary for University College London Hospital, said: ‘Having a range of different providers will undermine the GPs.’

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