Friday, 25 April 2008

Family doctor surgeries across West Lindsey face closure under Whitehall plans

Giles McNeill expresses concern over plans to impose ‘polyclinics’ on communities

Giles McNeill, Nettleham Parish Conuncillor and Conservative candidate for West Lindsey District Council, voiced his opposition today to Whitehall plans to replace local GPs’ surgeries with impersonal super-surgeries known as ‘polyclinics’. It has been estimated that 1,700 family doctor surgeries could be closed down across England. Estimates have suggested that across Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, six GP surgeries could be shut under Labour’s plans.

Polyclinics are little different from a small hospital, and nothing like the independent, local GP practice with just a few doctors whom patients know and trust. Labour Ministers are planning to end the era of local GP surgeries in almost every area. This will mean that patients will have to travel further to receive treatment, which will particularly disadvantage the elderly and families with small children.

Giles McNeill commented,
“We already knew that the Labour Government is planning to close thousands of local Post Offices. Now I fear that local GP surgeries are in their sights. Patients will have further to travel and will be lucky to see the same GP twice. We all know that the long term furture of the Nettleham Medical Practice with in the village is underthreat.”

“Labour politicians in Whitehall must not be allowed to force polyclinics on areas where they are unwanted and not needed.”