Second wave of polyclinics15th August 2008
A second wave of polyclinics across England is being planned by primary care trusts.
The move, revealed following a Freedom of Information Act request, has sparked fears among GPs that more surgeries than initially thought will be earmarked for closure.
The journal Pulse has found that up to a quarter of PCTs outside London have plans for additional polyclinics, in addition to the number already planned under health minister Lord Darzi’s review of the NHS.
A total of 85 PCTs were questioned, of which 21 have plans for their own polyclinics.That is in addition to the 108 GP-led health centres that are already planned nationwide under the review.
The journal reports that the move could see the closure of surgeries as practices co-locate.
The forecast figure of 150 surgeries likely to close outside London is now set to increase and be in addition to the 400 that could shut in the capital.
More than 30 surgeries could close in North East Lincolnshire and be replaced by 13 polyclinics and there are already plans for 10 in the Bolton area.
Dr Ajay Vora, a single handed GP from Barnetby le Wold, North Lincolnshire, said the plans for his area would finish off single handed practices.
He added: "I think the push is towards bigger, better, and allegedly cheaper from the government, but single handed people like myself are under threat."
Lancashire GP Dr Michael Taylor, who is chair of the Family Doctors’ Association, said he had 'great worries' about some of the schemes in rural part of the country.
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Thursday 11th September 2008 @ 18:36
What may work well in cities like London, would be disastrous for rural areas, adding about 20 miles to the journey to see a doctor. (With no public transport available).
There are perfectly good GP practices in place already. If it 'aint broke don't fix it!
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Title: Second wave of polyclinics
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7887
Date Added: 15th Aug 2008