Sunday, June 8, 2008

Support your surgery!

This petition is from the BMA who seem to be up for a fight with Labour. Today's Observer spells out some of the rhetoric... I bet the Tories are rubbing their hands with trouble being caused while secretly being envious that they didn't think of it first.

Of course we don't want to see the closure of GP surgeries but remember they are currently run as small businesses anyway, but the petition below calls for them not to be sold to BigHealth - so please sign it!

Petition is here:

In the 60th year of the NHS, we, the undersigned, petition the Prime Minister to:

• Continue to support our existing NHS GP surgeries
• Improve services to patients by further investment in existing GP surgeries

We also urge the Government to halt its plans to promote the use of commercial companies in general practice because this risks destabilising our local surgeries and threatens the comprehensive, high quality care we receive from our GPs. We don't want public funding to move from GP practices to commercial companies who are accountable primarily to shareholders rather than patients. We want to be treated by GPs who see us as patients, not as customers.

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