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Dr Simon Parkinson

Dr Simon Parkinson, secretary of Worcestershire LMC and a GP in Redditch, this week delivered a petition signed by more than 4,000 patients and practice staff objecting to Government plans for polyclinics and other changes to general practice.

Dr Simon Parkinson, secretary of Worcestershire LMC and a GP in Redditch, this week delivered a petition signed by more than 4,000 patients and practice staff objecting to Government plans for polyclinics and other changes to general practice.

What kind of response are you hoping for from your protest this week to Downing Street?

To raise the profile of our concern for the future of general practice. Whether anybody will take a blind bit of notice, I don't know. But I'm hoping it will highlight the issues and certainly in Worcestershire a lot of people have been interested in it.

What reaction have you had from patients?

They are concerned that this is being done – they were not aware what was going on.

And what do they make of the plans for a new GP-led health centre in your area?

There's a perception we don't actually need it, but we're going to spend £1.2m on it whether we like it or not. I think people see this as the thin end of the wedge.

Should other LMCs and the BMA do more to campaign against changes to primary care?

Yes - and many are already very active.

What issues do you expect to dominate this year's LMCs conference?

APMS, privatisation, Darzi and Government treatment of GPs.

What benefits, if any, can you see in private companies coming in to run GP practices?

Management skill maybe.

Did the GPC ‘cave in' in the contract dispute – or did they have no alternative?

We were bullied into a corner, and GPs are nothing if not pragmatists.

What is the morale of GPs like locally now?

As bad as I can remember.

What's your biggest fear for the future of general practice?

Privatisation, and dumbing down.

Would you ever work in a polyclinic?

Yes, but only one run by NHS GPs. Not as an APMS salaried GP working for a Plc.

Should the BMA be taking out ads in national newspapers to counter anti-GP spin?

I support this idea. The public doesn't seem to know what is happening to GPs.

You've warned existing care record plans, based on an implied consent model, threaten patient confidentiality. Will you opt out?

Yes, and I will advise others to do so.

And does Worcestershire LMC back Pulse's Save Our Surgeries campaign?

Yes – all these things are interconnected aren't they? There are different issues in different patches and some are more ahead of the game than others, but the overriding principle is the same for all of us – we don't want to undermine traditional practice.

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