All-Party Pharmacy Group: 'PCTs should assess polyclinic impact'

Every PCT should carry out a health impact assessment to ensure that polyclinics meet local needs, the All-Party Pharmacy Group has said.

Following a debate between doctors and policy makers, the parliamentary group found that there is ‘broad agreement’ that polyclinics can improve healthcare in areas with poor health services.

But it warned that PCTs that already had decent services felt ‘under pressure’ to create centralised polyclinics that do not fit local needs.

It calls for the government to acknowledge that collaboration between clinicians is more important than simply moving them into a single building.

The pharmacy group also warns that commissioning remains dominated by GPs. It calls for ‘better education of commissioners into the services which can be delivered by all health care professionals’.

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