EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: GPs attack polyclinic plans in Downing Street protest
Government attacks on primary care and plans to roll-out polyclinics have pushed GP morale to its lowest ebb since the 1960s, GP leaders protesting outside Downing Street warned yesterday.
In an exclusive video interview with Pulse magazine (see below), campaigners from Worcestershire LMC attacked Government plans to roll out polyclinics across the country, and warned patient care would suffer as a result.
It came as grassroots GPs visited Downing Street to deliver in person a petition signed by 4,000 patients and practice staff, expressing outrage at the Government's policy towards general practice.
Dr Robert Ingles, chair of Worcestershire LMC, said GPs were dismayed at the Government's current health policy.
‘We had 160 GPs at an LMC meeting, all of whom were clearly disturbed and upset at the proposals and when they learnt more about it their morale was lowered even further,' he said.
‘The last time we had as many GPs turn out for one of our meetings was actually in the mid-Sixties.'
‘The GP-led walk-in centres and Dartzi centres really don't represent the best utilisation of money for patient care and in fact will reduce patient choice rather than enhance it.'
Dr Simon Parkinson, secretary of Worcesterhsire LMC, added: ‘The level of interest both from GPs and the public has been very high and hence our feeling that we want to make this significant political gesture.'
Worcestershire LMC has also joined Londonwide LMCs in backing Pulse's Save Our Surgeries campaign, as GPs continue to sign up in support.