'Martini' polyclinics cause concern

Doctors have slammed government plans for polyclinics in London as 'Martini healthcare.'

Speaking at the BMA's London regional conference last week, Dr Stephen Graham, a Camden GP, said that polyclinics were 'fine if you're healthy'.

However, he warned that they wreck continuity of care for regular patients such as the elderly.

'It's Martini healthcare,' he said. 'Any time, any place - any doctor'.

The event saw extensive criticism of Lord Darzi's plans for London, which would cut the number of district generals by more than half and merge GP practices into 150 polyclinics.

Dr Daniel Gibbons, a fellow of St George's Hospital Medical School, warned that the plans could wreck medical training, by cutting the number of student placements.

The meeting concluded with demands for pilot polyclinics to be set up and independently audited, before the plans are rolled out across the city.

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