Half of doctors oppose supermarket surgeries

Government proposals for privately run surgeries in gyms and supermarkets would reduce quality of care for patients, according to a poll of doctors.

The OnMedica survey of 359 doctors, three quarters of whom were GPs, found 52 per cent thought the plans would affect continuity of care and reduce quality. Eight per cent thought it would allow more convenient access and 41 per cent thought it would only benefit a small group of patients with the lowest health needs.

GP Dr Luke Koupparis, On-Medica medical director, said:

'Recent national surveys demonstrate that patients remain happy with access to their local practice and value the opinion of a doctor they both know and trust.

'Doctors clearly understand the need to improve access but not when there is such a significant compromise.'


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Whitehall street sign

NHS officials doubled in two years as GP workforce dropped

Staff employed by NHS England and the DHSC doubled in two years from the start of...

Child coughing

NICE traffic light tool that helps GPs spot seriously ill under-5s 'unreliable'

NICE's 'traffic light' system - intended to help GPs identify risk of serious illness...

Pregnant woman receives COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine uptake in pregnant women rising but stark inequality remains

More than half of pregnant women are now double vaccinated against COVID-19 as uptake...

Vaccination tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK have led the largest-ever NHS vaccination programme in response...

GMC sign

Overseas-graduate GPs fare worse in medical tribunals due to lack of legal help

UK GPs who graduated overseas face worse outcomes in GMC cases because they are far...

Woman using HRT patch

Practical advice for GPs on prescribing HRT

GP menopause specialists Dr Louise Newson and Dr Olivia Jones provides an overview...