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.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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