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Private firms 'to run 10% of GPs'

One in 10 doctors' surgeries in England will be run by private companies within the next few years, medical staff are predicting.

Businesses already control four per cent of GP practices and this is likely to increase, according to GP newspaper.

David Jenner, a doctor from the NHS Alliance which represents many health trusts, said this proportion will be at least double come 2014.

This is thanks, in part, to the Tory-Lib Dem coalition abolishing local health authorities to encourage private companies to step in.

Medical practices which are overseen by a single GP will be especially vulnerable to being taken over by a business, the newspaper reported.

The paper also pointed out that in 92 primary care trusts in England, a total of 191 are run by private companies.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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