alternative provider of medical services

alternative provider of medical services

A UK term of art referring to a contractual route through which primary care trusts (PCTs) can contract with a wide range of providers to deliver services tailored to local needs.

This mechanism offers substantial opportunities for the restructuring of services to offer greater patient choice, improved access and greater responsiveness to the specific needs of the community. It will provide a valuable tool to address need in areas of historic under-provision, enable re-provision of services where practices opt out, and improve access in areas showing problems with GP recruitment and retention.
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The Government has backed this initiative - as envisaged by health minister Lord Darzi - to the tune of pounds 250million, and is being tendered through Alternative Provider of Medical Services (APMS) contracts, first introduced in April 2004.
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