Published: 16/06/2005, Volume II5, No. 5960 Page 9

GP practices could be transformed from 'corner shops' to 'Tesco Metro' style one-stop shops offering outpatient and diagnostic services, according to former head of the Department of Health strategy unit Professor Chris Ham.

The head of Birmingham University's health services management centre was today due to tell the British Medical Association local medical committees' conference that 'super-surgeries' could be mooted in an upcoming white paper on 'healthcare outside hospitals'.

'Encouragement may be given to so-called super surgeries that house a number of practices, perhaps colocated with outpatient and diagnostic services, ' he was due to say.

He was expected to say that these could be developed by expanded existing practices, foundation trusts and the private sector.