GPs petition prime minister against private firms running practices

Worcestershire LMC is calling on the prime minister to 'withdraw the requirement for local health bodies to establish new private/corporate general practices regardless of whether there is any local need'.

A 4,000-name petition signed by GPs, patients and practice staff was being handed in at 10 Downing Street today.

The letter calls for changes to GP contracts which do ‘not divert resources from daytime services which are most needed for healthcare of the elderly, the infirm and patients with severe chronic illnesses'.

It also calls for general practice resources not to be transferred to private/corporate practices.

Dr Simon Parkinson, Worcestershire LMC secretary, said: ‘The level of interest both from GPs and the public has been very high and hence our feeling that we want to make this significant political gesture.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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