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US firm could take over from “outstanding” Notts GP practice

Almost 11,000 patients at a GP practice in central Nottingham, many of them vulnerable, face disruption to their services and potential reductions in care as Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG/ICS imposes hefty cutbacks in funding and puts a major GP practice out to tender – all in the name of equality.

Waiting in the wings is an American company that appears to have no compunction over grabbing a drastically under-funded contract, and slashing back the services to fit.

According to the CCG’s own Equality and Quality Impact Assessment, which has been seen by The Lowdown, the contract on offer would downgrade the enhanced care currently available to the patients on the list of the Platform One GP practice (rated “outstanding” by the CQC) to “core primary care services.”

It’s unlikely any additional care will be provided, since in the name of equality the CCG has decided that once the current contract ends in March 2021 any increase in care to meet needs of one group of patients would also have to be introduced in ALL practices throughout the city and county, claiming: “This reduces inequality amongst the GP practice offer.”

Full story in The Lowdown, 8 December 2020

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