More than 100 GP practices across Norfolk and Waveney have joined forces to create one of the largest health federations in the country.

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Doctors from 106 surgeries have formed Iceni Healthcare Ltd to give local GPs more power when it comes to bidding for new NHS contracts. It comes after fears were raised that private companies could bid and win contracts for health services such as blood tests, physiotherapy sessions, and flu vaccinations under new rules.

Laura Halls, communications director, said: “The federation has local people and local NHS services at its heart rather than profits in order to ensure that essential procedures remain local.

“It would be impractical, time consuming, costly and difficult for each individual practice to bid for tenders. However, 106 GP practices, combined with locally situated surgeries, listening to and acting on the needs of their patients, would be a powerful, relevant and appropriate organisation to which services could be awarded.”

The federation was formed on April 30 with the aim of protecting, maintaining, improving and innovating local NHS services presently provided by local GP Practices and to ensure patients continue to access these locally.

4 comments

  • In the UK, there are already private companies that carry out analysis of medical tests. This could be because they are more cost-effective than in-house NHS facilities. For instance, it is wasteful of resources to set-up the capability for a test that is seldom performed, the expenditure on instrumentation alone would be a poor return, let alone the issues with the qualityreliability of a result if the lab is only performing the analysis intermittently. That said, a larger grouping of GP practices (all contractors themselves) gives more clout in the negotiation and should enable them to hold anyone they contract services from to maintain the level of service paid for.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Jeffrey, political parties got us inmto this mess and 40% of our eloected representatives voted for their own vested interests. Phillipa Whitford, please look at her utube contribution, has spoken out against it and her clear points should be taken up and debated openly in Britain, not just in Scotland.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Whilst I support the NHS. It might not be too bad an idea to let private companies run blood test, xrays and scans etc., In Canada such centres are all over the City and privately run. On a recent visit I was involved in car accident and required some physio. Prior to this I needed an xray. I walked into a centre in the local mall. No appointment necessary. Waited minutes,had the Xray . Result ,including Radiologist report sent direct to physio. Total cost to me 20 pounds. No hospital needed. This privatisation really works.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • How about joining a political party rather than another 'ltd'.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

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