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NHS Confederation Defends Darzi's Polyclinic Proposals

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Confederation Defends Darzi's Polyclinic Proposals

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The NHS Confederation has called for common sense in the debate over plans to introduce polyclinics into the health service in England.

The proposal to create a network of community-based clinics is a central plank of the review of the future of the NHS by health minister Lord Darzi. The clinics would offer a range of services including diagnostic tests, minor surgery and general practice.

However, the confederation said the plan had generated surprising opposition - notably from patients' groups and the British Medical Association.

The confederation broadly backed the clinics but said they were not right for every area. Its report, Ideas from Darzi: polyclinics, says many criticisms are based on 'misconceptions'. For example, many people believe the polyclinics are designed to save money. …

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