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Polyclinics need to be viewed with 'common sense'

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NHS managers have clashed with GP leaders over the government’s proposed idea for ‘polyclinics’.

A report by the NHS Confederation, published this week, called for ‘common sense in the debate over polyclinics’.

Polyclinics, which bring GPs, diagnostic and other services together, have been raised more than 50 times in parliament since they were first suggested last year by Lord Darzi in his review of health service organisation in London.

The NHS Confederation report many of the potential benefits of the new model of care had not been fully considered due to misconceptions and concerns surrounding polyclinics.

But Dr Laurence Buckman, chairperson of the BMA’s GPs Committee, said: ‘Whether called polyclinics as in London, or “health centres”, these developments have the potential to undermine long-established routes for delivering quality patient care.

‘PCTs should be encouraged to invest in their local GP practices and support joint working between practices,’ he said.

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