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Polyclinics

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects of polyclinics on existing GP practices. (243642)

The Government have no plans to introduce polyclinics in England. “Polyclinics” is a term that the NHS in London is using to describe ways of bringing existing GP services together with other services in convenient community-based settings.

In other parts of the country—including the hon. Member’s own constituency—the NHS is establishing GP-led health centres, to provide more choice and convenience for patients in how they access NHS services.

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce polyclinics in (a) England and (b) Croydon. (243645)

The Government have no plans to introduce polyclinics. “Polyclinics” is a term that the NHS in London is using to describe ways of bringing existing GP services together with other services, in convenient, community-based settings. Every PCT in England is procuring a GP-led health centre.

Croydon plans to establish its new GP-led health centre in central Croydon as part of its redesign of primary care networks.