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Patients prefer to visit GP rather than polyclinics

PUBLISHED: 16:58 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

OVER nine-out-of-10 people would prefer to keep seeing their GP at their surgery than go to polyclinics, according to a survey.

OVER nine-out-of-10 people would prefer to keep seeing their GP at their surgery than go to polyclinics, according to a survey.

Despite a £4 million consultation, the study, by London-wide Local Medical Committees (LMCs), found only 563 patients had responded throughout south-east London including Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

It also revealed only 22 per cent of patients throughout the capital had heard of 'Healthcare for London: Consulting the Capital', the biggest ever public consultation on health in London.

In contrast, NHS London reports that polyclinic models have received broad support from 51 per cent of respondents.

Chair of Bromley LMC, Dr Atul Arora, said: "The response to our patient survey has exceeded expectations and the results tell a very different story to those published by NHS London.

"We urge NHS London and Primary Care Trusts to listen to, and act upon, patient views. Our concern is primarily for our patients. How can the implementation of a polyclinic model be justified when only one-in-10 of patients are in favour of these changes?

"I believe the funding would be much better spent on developing existing surgeries, allowing them to expand their good range of current services and to network naturally, without coercion.

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