Recruitment drive for London's polyclinics

An extra £132 million will be spent to train 15,000 health care workers to deliver Lord Ara Darzi's plans for London.

Lord Ara Darzi
Lord Ara Darzi

NHS London aims to increase the number of nurses, midwives and doctors in London by 4,000 to 19,000, and retrain many from the hospital workforce to deliver services in the community.

In response to Lord Darzi’s plans for up to 150 polyclinics in the capital last year, NHS London has published Workforce for London- a Strategic Framework.

There will need to be a large increase in nurse practitioners and health assistants across the capital, the document says.

The BMA expressed serious reservations about the proposals, which it said suggested many trainees might be moved towards polyclinics run by the private sector.

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