Poll finds limited GP support for NHS reform

Three out of ten GPs back the government's health reforms, according to a poll by the Family Doctor Association (FDA).

Dr Swinyard: ‘Clinicians are wary that patients may be less well served under a new system'
Dr Swinyard: ‘Clinicians are wary that patients may be less well served under a new system'

A total of 26% were quite supportive, and a further 3% very supportive, the poll of 400 GPs found.

Just 14% were unsupportive of the reforms, while a further 17% were unsure and 40% were neutral.

The poll comes just days after an RCGP poll found 61% of GPs opposed the general direction of NHS reforms proposed in the Health Bill.

FDA chairman Dr Peter Swinyard said: ‘As with any major change in the NHS, clinicians are wary that patients may be less well served under a new system.

‘None of the organisations involved would allow that to be the case and all of us are focussed on achieving the best outcomes for patients, doctors and the wider NHS.’

Only one in 20 respondents to the poll believed the NHS reforms would have no impact on their role.

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