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Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has written to Angela Bailey, Chief Executive of the Peterborough Primary Care Trust, seeking reassurance that the proposed Peterborough "Polyclinic" - supported by the Trust and due to open in March next year - will not threaten neighbourhood family doctor services across Peterborough.

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The proposals follow on from a recent report (published in November 2007) by Health minister Lord Darzi, personally appointed by the Prime Minister to oversee the introduction of polyclinics as part of a major reorganisation of the NHS in England.

Each Primary Care Trust is being forced to establish a polyclinic in their area, regardless of individual circumstances locally.

Research, using the National Health Services' own figures, shows that the plans could mean that more than 1,700 GP practices across England and Wales could be closed. There are concerns that polyclinics will break the vital doctor-patient relationship and result in patients - especially those with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes - having to travel further to see their doctor.

Stewart Jackson said: "These plans potentially threaten local neighbourhood GP services in our area.

"Patients trust their local doctors, having built up long term relationships with them and will resent this unnecessary change. We need more new GP surgeries in deprived areas not impersonal and untried so-called 'super surgeries'.

”I have written to the Primary Care Trust asking what this means for the future of our local GP surgeries - already under pressure due to population changes and immigration pressures, how many will close and what funds are being diverted to the proposed polyclinic.

”Patients in Peterborough are entitled to know all the facts.”

Stewart Jackson was elected in May 2005 to represent the Peterborough constituency in the House of Commons. To find out more about him, his views and activities, visit his website at www.stewartjackson.org.uk

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