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New campaign to fight London polyclinics

By Steve Nowottny

Londonwide LMCs has launched a new patient awareness campaign entitled ‘Keep My NHS GP local', highlighting the threat posed by polyclinics.

Posters and a sample petition will be sent to GPs across the capital, aimed at publicising the threat to existing practices, the loss of continuity of care and the prospect of further commercialisation of general practice.

Dr Tony Stanton, joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, said: ‘The Keep My NHS GP Local campaign provides London GPs with some of the materials they will need to start securing their futures. Patients may not be aware of the potential threats hanging over modern general practice. They may stand to lose their local surgery.'

Dr Anna Livingstone, a GP in East London, added: ‘Our experience and research shows people want and benefit from doctors, nurses and staff they know at a surgery near home. It's time for the patients to speak out.'

Londonwide LMCs, which represents more than 6,000 GPs across the capital, last month became the first organisation to back Pulse's Save Our Surgeries campaign.

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