Sunday, July 6, 2008

Polyclinic doublespeak

Apparently on the Andrew Marr show today: "Lord Darzi said no practices would be forced to shut due to the 150 new centres which will house doctors alongside other medical staff."

Not according to Pulse: "Nearly 40 GP surgeries are set to close in just one PCT in a dramatic illustration of the effect on local general practice of the drive to introduce a network of polyclinics.

"Patients in Haringey, north London, are taking to the streets this week in protest at plans to consolidate 57 existing surgeries into 20 health centres – which came as NHS London formally decided to press ahead with its polyclinic plans across the capital."

The rhetoric / reality gap widens...

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