It is expected that junior health minister Lord Darzi’s review of the NHS is to recommend use of polyclinics to make services more accessible to patients.
Last week a conference of BMA consultants opposed the use of privately-run polyclinics and insisted that they should be properly piloted before being rolled out across the NHS.
A report by the King’s Fund has also raised concerns about whether they would be effective in achieving the government’s goals.
The report Under One Roof: Will polyclinics deliver integrated care? raised concerns that they may not necessarily promote better patient services and multidisciplinary teamworking.
It added that polyclinics may be more expensive and that specialist consultants may not be available to visit them because of constraints posed by the European Working Time Directive.
And pressure group Health Emergency is due to meet with Lord Darzi to raise concerns that private health companies such as United Healthcare may take them over
Geoff Martin, head of campaigns, said: ‘I will be demanding answers from Lord Darzi on the scale of private sector involvement in his proposed Polyclinics and will be warning him that there will be massive public opposition to the idea of companies like United Healthcare profiteering from the privatisation of local GP services.’