I AM writing to protest most strongly about the proposed Government plan to amalgamate local GP surgeries into one large medical centre (Polyclinics) with about 25 doctors tending to thousands of patients. This will be a catastrophic move for many patients who are familiar with one particular doctor at their local surgery - more importantly the local doctor is familiar with his patients and their particular problems.
At my present local surgery I can go to open surgeries the same day to see my doctor and do not have any difficulties. If the proposals go through, sick patients will no doubt have to travel some distance to the medical centre when they are least able to travel. Surely it is much simpler to keep local surgeries rather than run huge places that would have excessive administration costs. It would also be impossible to build up a relation-ship with any doctors since you would probably not see the same one twice.
This has got to be detrimental to the health of the patient, who will lose faith in the whole system and feel very vulnerable when they should leave a surgery feeling reassured.
I therefore urgently ask that those concerned reconsider and leave GP surgeries where they are.
Athol Close Pinner