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Big conversation on closing surgeries

The Government is asking the electorate whether failing GP surgeries should be closed down as part of its Big Conversation consultation project.

The topic is one of the health issues raised in 'A Future Fair For All' published alongside the launch of the Big Conversation last week.

GPs have already contributed views to the project's website, www.thebigconversation.org.

One unnamed GP questioned the level of power the Government has to access patient records. He said there was a danger of doctors becoming 'collectors of information for the state rather than professional physicians'.

Other areas covered include ways to improve decision making in the NHS, the role of the community in health care and whether smoking should be banned in public.

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