BMA meeting: “Darzi palaces” are being procured without proper local consultation, say doctors

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a730
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Doctors’ leaders have expressed their opposition to the blanket introduction of polyclinics across England, which they believe are unproved, risk undermining care of patients, and threaten the future of general practice.

    George Rae, of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, whose motion against the current plans for polyclinics was passed by representatives at the BMA’s annual conference in Edinburgh, said that doctors acknowledged that polyclinics—or GP led health centres, as the Department of Health is calling them—would serve a need in some parts of the country.

    “However, that is not what is happening,” he told the meeting. “We are getting this precipitous rush into polyclinics and super-surgeries all over the country, with no opportunity to reject the idea.” …

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