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BMA launches 'visit your GP' drive for MPs

By Steve Nowottny

The BMA are inviting MPs across the country to visit their local GP surgery in a fresh bid to engage politicians with general practice.

The association is writing to MPs from all political parties for the second time to invite them to visit a surgery. Since the first time it wrote to MPs last October, 123 MPs have visited a GP practice in their constituency, with a further 68 visits in the pipeline.

The practice visits are intended to allow MPs to observe first-hand how GP surgeries work, as well as giving them a chance to address the issues facing GPs and practice staff at a local and national level.

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC deputy chair, said he and his staff had met their local MP in January.

‘We had a very positive visit and the MP was able to hear the concerns of not just GPs, but of the practice staff and attached community staff,' he said. ‘I would encourage GP practices to volunteer to help the BMA as it's a valuable experience for all involved.'

The BMA is inviting MPs to visit their local GP surgery The BMA is inviting MPs to visit their local GP surgery Get involved

Practices interested in taking part in the scheme should contact the BMA at
parliamentaryunit@bma.org.uk
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