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Independents' Day

Practices sign up to Pulse Week of Protest

By Steve Nowottny

Dozens of practices have now registered to take part in the Pulse Week of Protest – the centrepiece of our Save Our Surgeries campaign.

Registered practices will receive a special campaign pack ahead of the week, which will run from Monday 9 June to Friday 13 June. The packs will include Save Our Surgeries wristbands and a template for paper masks to illustrate the threat of a faceless future for general practice. They will also contain posters, patient petitions and surveys designed to find out what patients really value about general practice.

Dr Stephen Forster, a GP in Heswall in the Wirral, said he had joined the campaign because of the centrally mandated imposition of polyclinics regardless of need. He plans to put up posters to alert patients to the proposed changes.

‘Perhaps there are some underdoctored areas, particularly in inner-city London, where there may be a need for something like a polyclinic,' he said. ‘But in an area like ours it is completely unnecessary.

‘We have no shortage of GPs, all our surveys show our patients are very happy with our service, but apparently the PCT has to have one. It seems so dogmatic.'

To receive your own protest pack go to uk/protestpack.

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