PCT chief scraps polyclinic plan and warns they 'won't work in rural areas'

GP-led health centres and polyclinics will not work in rural areas, a PCT chief executive has warned.

Ed Macalister-Smith, the new chief executive of Buckinghamshire PCT said that the polyclinic model was only appropriate in urban areas.

Buckinghamshire PCT has become the second PCT to announce it will not develop a GP-led health centre after Herefordshire PCT scrapped plans to build one.

Lord Darzi and health secretary Alan Johnson hoped to have at least one GP-led health centre in every PCT in England.

GPC leaders have always maintained that some PCT chief executives did not want a GP-led health centre but were too afraid to refuse.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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