Doctors have condemned government plans to open GP surgeries in supermarkets.

Speaking at an annual representative meeting held in Belfast yesterday, members of the British Medical Association argued that the surgeries could not operate in stores where alcohol, tobacco and junk food was available to buy.

North London GP Chaand Nagpaul said that it would be “inconceivable, unacceptable and immoral if we were to have cigarette packets or bottles of booze displayed on our reception counter, on sale to our patients, when they booked to see a doctor or nurse.”