In the wake of its 4th annual general meeting in London, the 1,300-strong organisation of institute members said: 'No clear messages were yet being received from the institute on how its strategic review would address the needs of small practitioners - be this through a revamped general practitioner board or separate faculty, although exploratory discussion had commenced between the institute and SPA officials.'
The event was attended by institute president Dame Sheila Masters who took part in a question and answer session.
SPA chairman Peter Mitchell reported on another successful year for the organisation, with 200 practices joining in 1999.
He said that the SPA's opinions were now widely sought and significant contributions had been made for the improvement of members' working environments on the Beloff Report on institute disciplinary proceedings and the DTI's audit exemption proposals.
Other events during the AGM included a session on one director companies.
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