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Topic: polyclinics

September 10, 2008
First polyclinics to be up and running by Spring 2009, as NHS London chief welcomes "a London solution to a London problem"

Plans for London's first five polyclinics were announced today (10 September 2008). The integrated health centres – in Harrow, Hounslow, Lambeth, Redbridge and Waltham Forest – are expected to be up and running in the spring next year.

According to Healthcare for London, patients in the capital currently have to wait longer to see their GP than anywhere else in the country.

May 16, 2008
The BMA is providing every GP practice in England with publicity material as the “Support Your Surgery” campaign goes live

Hard-hitting posters, patient information leaflets and stickers are being sent to GP surgeries today as the BMA's "Support Your Surgery" campaign goes live.

The BMA is providing every GP practice in England with publicity material as part of its campaign to promote and defend NHS general practice.

December 19, 2007
More money should be spent on tackling public health, says Conservative candidate for London Mayor

The Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has voiced scepticism over Lord Darzi's proposed "polyclinics" and has suggested patients' relationships with GPs could be damaged.

Mr Johnson said: "There is nothing in the Darzi report about public health – indeed, there is a real risk that the £3bn he proposes to spend on polyclinics could divert funds away from public health.

"It is the job of the Mayor to ask whether we are in danger of interrupting the link between patients and their GPs."

September 27, 2007
Invest in existing GP services instead of introducing "unproven" polyclinics, says BMA Chairman

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that government proposals for healthcare service changes could result in damaging fragmentation and may not produce the predicted cost savings or improvements in patient care.

The setting up of polyclinics, a key component of Lord Darzi's plans for London, would require considerable "up front" investment in new buildings, equipment and staff, and it is difficult to see how they would be cost-effective, the BMA's response says.