Conservatives: Half of PCTs ‘fail to consult on polyclinics’

Half of PCTs are not planning to consult patients on government plans for a polyclinic in each area, according to the Conservatives.

Party researchers made Freedom of Information Act requests to each of England's 152 PCTs.
They found that 49 of the 99 that responded said they were not planning formally to consult on the government's plans for a polyclinic in the local area.

Fourty four per cent were running or planned to run consultations and 6 per cent did not know.

Conservative shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘Labour has claimed that it is not imposing polyclinics on local people, but these figures expose that lie for what it is.'

A DoH spokesman said: ‘This is yet another attempt to undermine our plans to improve primary care services. We have repeatedly said we do not have a polyclinic policy. We are asking every PCT to develop GP-led health centres to provide extra access to GP services and extra choice for patients because patients tell us this is what they want.

‘We have consistently emphasised to SHAs and PCTs the need for local public and clinical engagement in making decisions on the location of these new services and on the range of services they provide to ensure they reflect local needs. The precise scope and nature of the consultation process should be determined locally. However, we have recommended that PCTs consult not only with their Overview and Scrutiny Committees, but also involve patient and public groups.

‘In London where they are planning to establish polyclinics to meet the specific health needs of Londoners, they have recently been through an extensive consultation which has demonstrated support for their development. However, as with all service developments, it is up to PCTs and the public to decide the way in which the polyclinic service model is implemented locally. The precise scope and nature of the consultation process will also be determined locally.'

PCTs not consulting:

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT
Barnet PCT
Bath and North East Somerset PCT
Bedfordshire PCT
Bexley Care Trust
Brighton and Hove City Teaching PCT
Bristol PCT
Bury PCT
Camden PCT
Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT
Central Lancashire PCT
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT
Coventry Teaching PCT
Croydon PCT
Cumbria PCT
Derby City PCT
Derbyshire County PCT
Dorset PCT
Dudley PCT
Ealing PCT
East Lancashire PCT
Gloucestershire PCT
Halton and St Helens PCT
Hammersmith and Fulham PCT
Hampshire PCT
Herefordshire PCT
Kirklees PCT
Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT
Liverpool PCT
Luton Teaching PCT
Manchester PCT
Milton Keynes PCT
North East Lincolnshire PCT
North Lancashire PCT
North Somerset PCT
Oldham PCT
Plymouth Teaching PCT
Portsmouth City Teaching PCT
Redbridge PCT
Somerset PCT
South Gloucestershire PCT
Stockport PCT
Telford and Wrekin PCT
Tower Hamlets PCT
Warrington PCT
West Sussex PCT
Western Cheshire PCT
Wirral PCT
Worcestershire PCT

Source: Conservatives

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Conservatives website

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