Health managers: Polyclinics 'inappropriate' for rural areas

The BMA is 'almost certainly correct' that polyclinics are inappropriate for rural areas, according to the NHS Confederation.

The BMA believes polyclinics would waste money, duplicate services and increase the distance patients had to travel in rural areas.

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It says: ‘The BMA is concerned that the polyclinic model is inappropriate for rural areas and that introducing it would waste money. It is almost certainly correct.' 

It adds that elements of the RCGP-backed federated model, where existing practices share services, ‘could be adapted to market towns in rural areas and different solutions could be developed based around community hospitals'.

The report also recommends networks of polyclinics across London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

NHS Confederation

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