PCTs choose RCGP federated model over polyclinics

The RCGP and Londonwide LMCs have welcomed reports that none of the first wave of polyclinics in London will see GPs move into larger surgeries.

PCTs in London are planning ‘federated’ services, rather than the ‘merged’ model, where GPs move into a shared building.

The federated model was first proposed by the RCGP last year as a way to link existing practices so they can offer a broader range of services.

Londonwide LMCs has been campaigning for NHS London to recognise this as the most appropriate model. 

RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field said: ‘I believe the college has had a significant influence on these plans.

‘We are not against large health centres where appropriate, but the federated model is a no-brainer. It allows small, existing practices to share services.’

Dr Tony Stanton, joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs said this was ‘a sign of a degree of common sense’.

NHS London said no GP practices would close as a direct result of the move to the federated model. Five polyclinics will be developed by spring 2009.‘There may be some GP surgeries that choose to relocate premises however they are moving from surgeries no longer fit for purpose into an improved environment that meets modern standards,’ said a statement.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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