BMA urges MPs to see surgeries for themselves

The BMA is asking each MP to visit a GP surgery in their constituency and learn more about general practice.

It is the second time the BMA has made such an appeal. In October last year the visiting scheme was launched to help GPs and primary care staff voice their concerns to MPs and highlight their huge contribution to the NHS.

Of Parliament's 644 MPs, 123 have visited a GP practice under the scheme, with a further 68 arranged. The BMA hopes many more MPs will get involved.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey met his local MP in January this year.

‘We had a very positive visit and the MP was able to hear the concerns of not just GPs, but of the practice staff and attached community nursing staff.

‘I would encourage GP practices to volunteer to help the BMA as it's a valuable experience for all involved.'

Practices interested in meeting their MP should contact the BMA parliamentary unit at parliamentaryunit@bma.org.uk.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com


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