Polyclinics are not the answer for NHS in London, says BMA

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 04 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:691
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

Proposals by the health minister Ara Darzi to set up polyclinics in London to bring health services closer to patients threaten to fragment existing community services, which have a track record of delivering high quality care, says the BMA.

In a response to Lord Darzi's recent review of health care in London the BMA warns that the proposed plans may not produce the predicted savings or improvements in the care of patients that the government envisages (BMJ 2007;335:61 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39273.467697.DB).

“We concede that health care in London is not perfect, but we have several problems with Ara …

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