More than a million people signed petition against polyclinics

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1399
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

Around 1.2 million people signed a petition calling for existing general practices in England to be protected in the face of government plans to create large health centres known as polyclinics.

Relations between the government and the BMA have grown increasingly bitter over the issue of polyclinics, prompting the health secretary to accuse doctors’ leaders of lying and scaremongering (BMJ 2008;336:1328, 14 Jun, doi: 10.1136/bmj.39608.577639.DB).

The BMA handed in the petition to the prime minister last week as part of its “support your surgery” campaign. The petition asks Gordon Brown to continue to support …

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