London's leading mayoral candidates split on polyclinics

Polyclinics have split London's leading mayoral candidates just a month away from the election.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

Conservative Boris Johnson is most opposed, saying: ‘GPs should not be coerced into polyclinics and the current proposals in Healthcare for London should be re-thought.’

Labour’s Ken Livingstone said: ‘Londoners will support proposals for high quality community-based services; but they will also want guaranteed safe and accessible local hospitals, not closures. London should have world class health services and I will fight any proposals for closures or cuts.’

Brian Paddick, for the Liberal Democrats, is most in favour, saying: ‘Polyclinics have a place in the overall healthcare system but they should not be a replacement for local GPs.’

For the full story, see next week’s GP.

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