Health minister: We won’t impose polyclinics on England

London’s polyclinic model will not be imposed on the rest of the country, health minister Ben Bradshaw has pledged.

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw
Mr Bradshaw wrote in Wednesday's Guardian that: ‘The NHS in London has some very specific deep-rooted challenges, which our plans aim to address. 

‘But we have repeatedly said that what works for London will not necessarily work for other parts of the country.'

Mr Bradshaw denied that the procurement process for new health centres was biased in favour of private providers, arguing that they are ‘just as convinced as [GPs] that the procurement process is biased against them'. 

But he defended the government's record on extended hours. ‘We do not think it unreasonable for the public, who after all pay for the NHS, to expect to be able to see a doctor in the evening or at weekends if they wish.'

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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