London GPs express fears over Darzi’s proposals for the capital

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:529
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

GPs in London have rejected the idea put forward by the junior health minister Ara Darzi that polyclinics will solve the capital’s health problems. The clinics could in fact throw up a number of serious problems, they warn.

A consultation with all the 24 local medical committees in London, which represent GPs in the city, found that 17 out of 19 committees either strongly disagreed or tended to disagree with the proposal that almost all general practices in London should be part of a polyclinic.

The idea of polyclinics was put forward by Professor Darzi in Healthcare for London: A Framework for Action, which wascommissioned by NHS London, the capital’s strategic health authority, and published in July last …

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