One polyclinic per PCT policy is 'flawed'

Government policy of one polyclinic per PCT is flawed, according to demographic analysts CACI.

CACI agrees with the King’s Fund that polyclinics should be developed ideally in transport hubs to provide best access for patients.

If this was carried out, some PCTs would have as many as four polyclinics, while others would have none.

Ian Thurman, CACI’s head of location planning, said: ‘Our study instead takes an England-wide approach and avoids the scenario where piecemeal polyclinics develop in an inefficient and overlapping network.

‘Tesco or Sainsbury’s would develop their national location strategies through a thought-out plan at head office and the same discipline needs to be applied to the roll out of polyclinics.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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