ARC - NHS ‘must consult on polyclinics’

Polyclinics are forging ahead across the country using a ‘one-size fits all’ model without staff and the public being properly consulted, Conference heard.

Delegates urged the CSP to campaign at all levels to ensure that polyclinic proposals met communities’ distinct needs and offered the right balance of services. Andy Dickenson, for East Midlands stewards and safety representatives, said at first glance the idea of polyclinics offering a convenient ‘one-stop shop’ for patients seemed attractive. But he warned that each community had different demographic, social and healthcare needs. While amalgamating GPs into large groups might work for some inner cities with good transport links, it would not suit more remote rural communities. ‘We are concerned this one-size-fits-all approach is being slipped in without consultation,’ he said. There was a lack of evidence to show polyclinics would improve care or reduce costs, delegates were told. Conference backed the call for the NHS to engage in ‘proper and timely consultation’ with the public and staff to protect service quality and access. Motion 36 was carried was carried on the conference floor (and also on iCSP)
Matthew Limb

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