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Support from patients will be crucial in the fight to defend the core values of general practice, says senior BMA member Dr George Rae.

Dr Rae, chair of North Tyneside LMC, is so fearful about the creeping threat to the very essence of what it means to be a GP that he has developed a survey that local practices will use to seek the views of 2,000 patients.

The results will be used to lobby the Government over the increasing drift towards fragmentation and privatisation of primary care ­ and Dr Rae says the Pulse Manifesto for General Practice will be an important tool in that battle.

'The manifesto is an excellent document that highlights the importance of the holistic care we give as GPs,' said Dr Rae, a member of BMA council and immediate past-chair of the association's representative body.

He hopes other LMCs around the country will use the patient survey form to build up a national support base.

'The questions revolve around the values that general practice embodies and that could be lost. We could lose an awful lot of what we've built up over the years.'

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