Managers share polyclinic fears

The BMA is 'almost certainly correct' that polyclinics are inappropriate for rural areas, according to an NHS Confederation report.

The BMA believes polyclinics would waste money, duplicate services and increase the distance patients had to travel in rural areas.

In the NHS Confederation report 'Ideas from Darzi: polyclinics', it says: 'The BMA is concerned that the polyclinic model is inappropriate for rural areas and it is almost certainly correct.'

An NHS Confederation spokesman said: 'The polyclinic model requires a critical mass of population to allow services to be offered cost effectively without problems for patients and disruption to primary care.'

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