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More than half of commuters would use walk-in centres at train stations and two-thirds would be as happy to see a nurse as a GP, a Department of Health poll has found.

But one in three would snub the centres, with half of those preferring to see their own GP.

The poll of 800 commuters comes after the department announced seven new walk-in centres to open at stations in London, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle later this year.

GPC negotiators have warned the centres will further fragment patient care and will act as a drain on PCT resources.

GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the lack of 'fully-functioning electronic re-cords' would prevent doctors being able to communicate speedily with each other.

The department said it had had received many expressions of interest to run the centres from major health care pro-viders and collectives of GPs.

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