NHS managers call for calm in debate on polyclinics

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:911
  1. Rob Finch
  1. 1London

The NHS Confederation last week called on interested parties to keep calm and consider the evidence when evaluating the proposal for polyclinics made by the health minister Ara Darzi last summer (BMJ 2007;335:61; doi: 10.1136/bmj.39273.467697.DB).

Its report was attacked by opposition politicians for “missing the point” and was criticised by senior GPs.

The confederation’s anonymous report blames “misconceptions” about polyclinics for impeding the consideration of their benefits. Far from disrupting continuity of care or undermining general practice, it says, polyclinics can improve access as well as allow patients to see their own doctor.

The confederation …

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