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Independents' Day

Patient survey must be scrapped say Lib Dems

By Ian Quinn

The Liberal Democrats have called for the patient survey to be axed because practices are losing millions on the word of a fraction of patients.

In its place the party is calling for practice boundaries to be scrapped to improve patient choice.

Speaking after today's survey results came out, revealing that millions will be lost by practices in England, Liberal Democrat health spokesman, Norman Lamb, said: ‘Many GPs will be fined today as a result of a survey that in many cases only represents a fraction of their patients' views.

‘This costly and unrepresentative survey should be scrapped. The Government keeps telling us that belts are being tightened in these difficult times yet ministers have spent £10m on a survey that very few people actually responded to.'

He added: ‘Rather than trying to control every doctor from Whitehall we should be driving up standards by scrapping practice boundaries so that patients have real choice over who they want as their GP.'

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