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Students join GP in protest at surgery closure

By Gareth Iacobucci

A GP protesting against the planned closure of his surgery has received unlikely support in the shape of students from the London School of Economics.

Dr Rom Naidoo, a GP at the St. Phillips Medical Centre at the university, was joined by students to protest against plans to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new build which will not include space for a medical practice.

In an open letter to the Council of the LSE, published in the university newspaper, Dr Naidoo claims that, despite receiving written assurances from the LSE that the medical centre would be relocated, ‘at present there is no realistic likelihood that this will happen before the proposed demolition is scheduled to begin'

He added: ‘The lack of a premises from which to deliver the requirements of the NHS GMS contract would cause the practice to be dissolved and its registered patients to be dispersed to practices throughout London.'

‘I believe that the presence of an accessible and relevant primary care service can and does enhance the "student experience" of current and future students.'