Six out of 10 consultants say polyclinics will not improve patient care and 83 per cent fear privatisation of the NHS is detrimental to patient care and the service overall.

The survey, carried out by the British Medical Association, says that over half of respondents say they are prevented from innovating to improve patient care and seven in 10 lack adequate resources to support their work. The policy of patients having a choice over where to have treatment was supported by 69 per cent of respondents.

To read the survey, visit www.bma.org.uk