Federated model backed by PCTs

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'.

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