Think tank petitions to protect general practice

Think tank is appealing for GPs to sign its petition to protect the family doctor service.

If you agree with the following statement, sign up to the petition at the address below.

The statement is: ‘We believe that General Practice is the foundation of the NHS. We are the first point of contact for the majority of patients and we value the relationships we develop with our individual patients.

'We believe that GPs should remain independent contractors to the NHS, and support a level of remuneration commensurate with our responsibilities and the quality and outcomes we achieve.

'We want to be free from central government interference and bureaucracy; able to control our budgets; rewarded for working in socio-economically deprived areas; free to re-invest for our patients' benefit and able to innovate in contracts with healthcare providers.

'We also believe that we should be free to determine the opening hours, size and locations of our practices, in response to our patients' needs, and object to being forced into polyclinics against our will.

'We want a structure of primary care that is truly accountable to patients, and is encouraged and rewarded for innovation, excellence and outcomes'.

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