RCGP adds to Save Our Surgeries campaign momentum
By Steve Nowottny
The RCGP has thrown its weight behind Pulse's Save Our Surgeries campaign, which has passed a major milestone by gaining its 500th GP signature.
The organisation joins a long list of campaign backers – including the BMA, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Family Doctor Association and Londonwide LMCs – for the SOS campaign, which highlights the risk to traditional general practice of imposing polyclinics on communities.
RCGP chair Professor Steve Field said: ‘As GPs we are the leaders and drivers of primary healthcare and we must do everything we can to ensure that general practice remains at the heart of a thriving NHS of the future.'
As Pulse went to press, 520 individual GPs had also signed our petition calling for the Government to abandon its plans to impose a polyclinic model on PCTs, amid huge fears over the threat of surgery closures and the impact on the doctor-
patient relationship and continuity of care.
As momentum continues to grow, the SOS campaign has reached the House of Commons, after MPs tabled an early day motion calling on the Government to scrap its polyclinic proposals.
The motion states: ‘A survey undertaken by Pulse magazine shows 85% of GPs believe that polyclinics will harm patient care.' It warns ‘polyclinics would introduce a system of free market competition in NHS primary health care to the detriment of general practice, patient access, the GP-patient relationship and public service'.
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