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New buildings not needed for polyclinics, says King’s Fund

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39602.516921.4E (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1270
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Local NHS organisations should be given the freedom from Whitehall to implement large health centres or “polyclinics” in the way that they think will best serve their population, the head of one of the United Kingdom’s leading organisations for research into healthcare policy has said.

    In particular, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the King’s Fund, said that local health bodies should not be required to erect new buildings to house polyclinics when other ways of implementing the policy will work.

    Mr Dickson acknowledged that advances in technology, changes in patients’ expectations, and …

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