PracticeConsultingSmall Practitioners Association acts to end rift

Small Practitioners Association acts to end rift

The Small Practitioners Association, which broke away from the English ICA in 1996, has signalled its desire to end the four-year rift.

The move follows the completion of controversial plans for a new ‘Focus’ to replace the institute’s long-established General Practitioners Board.

GPB chairman John Malthouse said the SPA – which broke away over concerns that it wasn’t representing the interests of small practitioners – had made merger overtures and put out a circular claiming the ‘less effective General Practitioner Board is being retired’.

He also said: ‘Many of us have felt for a long time the SPA has lost its way. Perhaps that’s why there’s a strong drive from them towards a faculty – as a safe haven.

‘My view is that we should put all our efforts for improvement at the centre; at the English ICA, and not via a breakaway organisation.’

SPA chairman Peter Mitchell said he had talked to the institute about what support it could offer small firms.

‘In the last month I have spoken to the General Practitioners Focus and had the odd conversation with John Malthouse,’ he added.

www.spa.org.uk

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