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BMA urges patients to oppose polyclinics

The BMA has today sent a new poster and leaflet to GP practices across England urging patients to take action against plans to impose GP-led health centres and polyclinics in every health region, as part of its Support Your Surgery campaign.

The poster, which also says thank-you to the 1.3 million people who signed a BMA petition against the commercialisation of primary care, advises patients how to contact those who can influence the decision-making process in their area.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GP Committee, said: "We are very grateful to the 1.3 million patients who have shown their support for NHS general practice. However, the threat is still there and although the government has told all primary care trusts they must have a new polyclinic or GP-led health centre, ultimately the decisions about where and how these will be run will be made locally.

"The patient voice should be central to this entire process and yet far too often it is being ignored. In the majority of places there hasn't been any consultation whatsoever and these plans are being rushed through at breakneck speed with no thought for their long term impact. We want all patients to find out what's going on and make sure their voices are heard as these changes will affect their local services."

Stop Your Surgery

Are you opposed to the plans for a GP-led health centre or polyclinic in every heatlh region? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"Yes, I am very opposed to polyclinics. I feel that these clinics are purely insitu to line the pockets of who owns them. The patients will probably be seen as pound signs and not individuals with holistic needs." - Annette Tilley, Hartlepool