BMA steps up Support Your Surgery campaign

A poster and leaflet was sent today to practices across England by the BMA urging patients to take action against plans to impose GP-led health centres and polyclinics in every health region.

Dr Laurence Buckman
Dr Laurence Buckman

The poster, part of the Support Your Surgery campaign, thanks the 1.3 million who signed the BMA petition against the commercialisation of primary care and advises patients how to contact those who can influence the decision-making process in their area.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘Although the government has told all PCTs they must have a new polyclinic or GP-led health centre, ultimately the decisions about where and how these will be run will be made locally.

‘The patient voice should be central to this entire process and yet far too often it is being ignored. In the majority of places there hasn't been any consultation whatsoever and these plans are being rushed through at break-neck speed with no thought for their long-term impact.

‘We want all patients to find out what's going on and make sure their voices are heard as these changes will affect their local services.'

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