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'.
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