DoH pushing polyclinics because 'fed up' waiting to improve care

The DoH is pushing PCTs to build polyclinics because the NHS is 'fed up' with waiting for services to improve locally.

David Nicholson
David Nicholson

NHS chief executive David Nicholson was responding to a barrage of difficult questions while giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee this week.

When asked why PCTs had to rush into building potentially destabilising new health centres, he replied: ‘We are saying they must do it, and saying they must do it to a particular timescale because to be frank, we are fed up of waiting for improvements to primary care services.'

NHS director general Mark Britnell rubbed salt in the wounds of GPs by referring to the BMA's recent poll to justify funding for extended hours.

‘I can't find anyone who thinks extended hours is a bad thing and that is why 92 per cent of GPs expressed a preference for it,' he said.

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