GPs march on Downing Street in polyclinic protest
By Steve Nowottny
GPs will take the campaign against polyclinics directly to the Prime Minister with a Downing Street protest tomorrow.
A group of GPs from Worcestershire LMC will to travel to London to deliver a petition signed by patients and practice staff expressing their outrage at the Government's policy towards general practice.
Plans to roll out polyclinics across the country will be top of the agenda, with the LMC warning that accommodating large numbers of GPs in one surgery ‘could destabilise and fragment local health services and fail to provide value for money or continuity of care for patients.'
Dr Simon Parkinson, secretary of Worcestershire LMC, said the protest came after widespread local support.
‘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,' he said.
The protest comes as GP support continues to flood in for Pulse's Save our Surgeries campaign.Dr Simon Parkinson: taking the polyclinics fight to Number 10 Dr Simon Parkinson: taking the polyclinics fight to Number 10 SOS logo