Johnson dispels 'myths' about GP-led health centres

The proposed new Darzi centres will house only five GPs each, not 25 as widely reported, Alan Johnson has said.

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning, the health secretary said he wanted to dispel some of the ‘myths' around the government's plan for the 150 new centres.

He said that patients would not need to register at the new centres, but would remain registered with their existing GPs.
And he repeated his claim that the government expects consortia of GPs to win most of the contracts to run the new centres, not private firms.

Mr Johnson also said that the government was not imposing polyclinics outside London.

Healthcare Republic will be filing live from the launch of Darzi's Next Stage Review at the Royal Horticultural Halls Conference Centre in London this afternoon.

Check out www.healthcarerepublic.com from 3.30pm for the first details.

The review is expected to set the foundations for an NHS which consistently delivers the highest quality of care to all its patients, enabling staff to offer treatments that are personal, effective and safe.

The Primary and Community Care Strategy is launched Thursday.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

Johnson speaks on Today

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