Posted by: Witch Doctor | March 9, 2008

“Economist’s” take on polyclinics

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THIS IS THE UK, NOT GERMANY

You would think, My Black Cat, that the “Economist” might, just might, be in favour of polyclinics.

Particularly if they might be an economic success for the UK.

Not so.

The bold italics are my own.

“Lord Darzi has now turned his attention to the rest of the country. Surprisingly, his insubstantial interim review in October made no mention of polyclinics. But his enthusiasm for them in a recent interview suggests that they will feature large in his final proposals, which are due by June.”

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A POLLY WITH AN ITCHY FOOT WONDERING WHEN AND WHY SHE BECAME SO IMPORTANT

“The first argument is plausible but looks shaky on inspection. Polyclinics may be closer than hospitals but they will be farther away than GP practices. Many patients coming to see their family doctors will not require the follow-up care available in polyclinics and will find them less convenient than GP surgeries are now. The Royal College of GPs fears that polyclinics may rupture the personal link with a single family doctor that patients value.

Lord Darzi’s second rationale is also questionable. The NHS will save money if hospitals strip out costs on activities being moved to polyclinics; but this may not occur on the necessary scale. It would also be very expensive to move from the current infrastructure of GP practices to the new health centres, points out John Appleby, an economist at the King’s Fund, a health-policy think-tank.”

“Polyclinics may be a good idea in Germany, where most hospitals have historically been unable to offer out-patient services. But the case for introducing them wholesale throughout the NHS is weak. There is plenty of scope to improve services and save money without re-inventing the health service.”

Hmm….

You think the waves are now starting to rock the boat.

Is that what you think, My Black Cat?

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