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GP leaders vote for end to APMS as a contract option

UK LMCs want APMS to be abolished as a contract option for joint operations and all new contracts to be GMS.

A motion passed at today’s annual LMC conference said the conference ‘takes note of recent announcements regarding the withdrawal of NHS private providers from their contracts’.

It calls for ‘terminating APMS as a contractual option for joint operations’; and require that ‘any new or re-tendered GP core contract must be offered as a GMS contract where the successful applicant can hold that contract’.

It also requires that ‘funding in excess of GMS standards must not be provided to commercial organizations wishing to run NHS general practice contracts in England’.

Suggesting the proposal, Dr Jackie Applebee from Tower Hamlets LMC said: ‘It is a shame that US multinationals can play so fast and skillfully at the common UK practice and That must never happen again.

‘The GMS contract is not perfect but is the common practice of the local people. As Centene and Babylon have clearly shown, there is no place for the private sector in general practice.’

She added: ‘We should have a level playing field. It doesn’t have to be a binary decision, why can’t we invest in the core.”

Dr Tanya Beer, from Avon LMC, spoke out against the proposal, saying: ‘APMS contracts provide essential and supplementary services where the GMS operation declines. This includes taking over struggling operations who have had to surrender contracts but also unusual contracts such as prison healthcare. In the Bristol area there are many providers operating APSM contracts.

‘A blanket ban on APMS contracts without a viable alternative would not protect neighboring operations from the destabilizing impact and would lead to a domino effect of closing operations in one area. area.’

Dr Laurence Heywood, from Devon LMC highlighted the ‘risks’ at the end of the motion.

He said: ‘We know commercially it is getting harder and harder to do primary care. Sometimes private providers will be supported, loaded, and funded. I really don’t support this, but if you remove that rubbish without care, it risks collapsing.’ Dr. Francesca Frame – support

‘The GMS should be the standard default contract for all GP providers. What we need is more investment in core GMS contracts, the struggles of these private suppliers could highlight the problems we are all facing.’

Full movement

That conference noted recent announcements regarding NHS private providers withdrawing from their contracts and:
(i) calls for the termination of APMS as a contractual option for general practice – PASSED

(ii) require that any new or rebid GP core contract be offered as a GMS contract when the successful applicant can hold that contract – PASSED

(iii) require that funding in excess of GMS standards not be provided to commercial organizations wishing to undertake NHS general practice contracts in England. – PASS

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