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Cameron pledges to protect GP surgeries

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Conservative leader David Cameron has pledged to save local general practices which he claims could be lost under government plans for the NHS.

Speaking to key NHS stakeholders, at a Kings Fund event in central London, Mr Cameron claimed today that 1,600 GP surgeries would close nationally if ‘polyclinics’ were implemented the government.

Moreover, he said the super-surgeries – expected to play a key role in Lord Ara Darzi’s major review of the NHS – would not help those most in need.

The review’s outcome, expected to be published in July, would cause the biggest upheaval the NHS has ever faced, according to Mr Cameron.

‘The people who need GPs the most are the elderly, those with small children and those with long-term conditions,’ he said. ‘They have a human relationship with their GP that they simply won’t have with a member of staff at a polyclinic.’

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