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'Patient surveys are pointless'

As Gordon Brown faces questions over his plans for access to GP surgeries, a survey of patients has shown they are fed up with the Government's own line of questioning on the thorny issue.

Lonsdale Medical Centre, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, asked patients on its list for their views on the Government's £13m GP Patient Survey.

Two-thirds of respondents said the survey was a waste of money, while more than half said the investment should be used to keep hospitals cleaner.

Lonsdale GP Dr Alison Stewart, pictured with colleague Dr Tony Buckland, said: 'We included lots of leading questions to emulate the Government survey. It looks like £13m has been wasted.'

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