Exclusive: Darzi explains why polyclinics are vital

Polyclinics are needed in London because 'in 10 years' time hospitals will not be able to cope', according to health minister Lord Ara Darzi.

Lord Darzi
Lord Darzi

Speaking exclusively to GP newspaper, Lord Darzi said that he felt that people resisted the plans because they were for the next decade.

He said: ‘It is based on the problems we face in 10 years. London’s population will increase by 700,000. The impact of innovation and scientific advance means more and more people are living longer.

‘The use of emergency services has risen by 5 or 6 per cent over the past five years. The conclusion is that in 10 years’ time the hospitals will not be able to cope. What we’ve done is ask: what do we need to do? The answer is to enhance primary and community services, based on the principles of integrated care.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

• Read the full interview with Lord Darzi in the 18 January 2008 edition of GP.

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