Bradshaw accuses practices of lying to patients over BMA campaign

Health minister Ben Bradshaw has accused practices of lying to patients to drum up support for the BMA's Support Your Surgeries campaign.

 

Mr Bradshaw said: 'I am not surprised the BMA have collected so many signatures given the misleading and mendacious nature of its campaign. If I were to run a campaign making false claims that something terrible was about to happen, a lot of people would sign my petition too. We have received widespread anecdotal evidence of patients feeling pressurised to signing the petition as well as practices telling their patients blatant inaccuracies about local plans.

"I have written today to Dr Hamish Meldrum of the BMA calling on him to disown the false statements being made and to condemn any kind of pressure being put on patients, when they feel at their most vulnerable, to support the BMA's misleading campaign.'

Meanwhile, a deputation of GPs and patients delivered a million-signature petition against polyclinics to Number 10 Downing Street this afternoon.

More than 1.2m people signed the BMA's petition, which calls on the government to invest in general practice and stop the roll out of private provision

Speaking before the delivery of the petition, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman told GP he hoped it would persuade the government to ‘halt development of polyclinics and GP-led healthcare centres and discuss with us the positioning of new services'.

But he added that he wasn't optimistic. ‘The evidence suggests the government finds it hard to listen to doctors, patients and voters,' he said.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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