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Scrap Move to Polyclinics, Say Consultants

Magazine article Public Finance

Scrap Move to Polyclinics, Say Consultants

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The British Medical Association has demanded the government 'dump polyclinics', stop investing in private care and hand control of the NHS back to clinicians.

BMA consultants' leader Jonathan Fielden called for the health service to be emancipated from political control after a survey found that 60% of consultants did not believe polyclinics would improve the quality of patient care.

A network of 150 polyclinics - community-based health centres that would combine GP services with others traditionally found in hospitals, such as diagnostic screening - is expected to be one of the central planks of health minister Lord Darzi's Next Stage review report, due before the end of the month.

In a speech to the BMA consultants' committee's annual conference on June 4, Fielden urged the government to 'dump the polyclinic'. …

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