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BMA launches next phase of patient campaign

By Steve Nowottny

The BMA today launched the next phase of its Support Your Surgery campaign by sending a ‘thankyou' poster and leaflet to every GP practice in England.

The poster thanks the 1.3 million patients who signed the BMA's petition presented to Downing Street in June – but warns ‘the threat to NHS general practice has not gone away.'

Patients are asked to continue the campaign against the imposition of polyclinics by directly contacting decision-makers in their area, including MPs, council Overview and Scrutiny Committees and the media.

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘The threat is still there, and although the Government has told all PCTs 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.'

Dr Buckman said the BMA planned to maintain the momentum for its campaign, which will eventually be expanded to the whole of the UK, with a focus on combating anti-GP spin across the four nations.

In an exclusive interview last month, Dr Buckman told Pulse the next stage of the campaign would receive ‘similar' funding to the first stage, which cost the BMA £300,000.

BMA campaign: GPC seeking to build on support of 1.2 million patients BMA campaign: GPC seeking to build on support of 1.2 million patients

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