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Bradshaw: patients just love their 'little ole' health centre

Ben Bradshaw’s latest attempt at distancing the Government from the imposition of polyclinics on GPs certainly shows how ministers earn those expenses.

Ben Bradshaw's latest attempt at distancing the Government from the imposition of polyclinics on GPs certainly shows how ministers earn those expenses.

Listen to the health minister in action yesterday in Westminster and you even start to feel all dewy eyed and nostalgic about the DH's policy of a polyclinic (whoops sorry GP led health centre) in every PCT.

‘People say that they do not want a huge polyclinic,' swooned the minister, ‘but they are fine about it when they see the kind of little GP-led health centre that they are used to.'

Ah bless, those little ole GP led health centres. How romantic.

Although of course we should not perhaps forget the debate yesterday centred on the health committee's report on the aforementioned centres which concluded that they lacked one fairly important matter-any evidence that they worked.

Regardless the minister went on to attack the BMA for deliberately trying to conflate the polyclinic model with GP-led health centres.

Instead, they should be a lasting tribute to surgeon turned minister, Lord Darzi, he said, in what must count as something of a back-handed compliment.

‘Many people call them Darzi centres,' he said. 'I am sure that my noble friend will leave a significant legacy, but if he does not, there will still be Darzi centres up and down the country.'

Bradshaw: if Darzi doesn't leave a legacy, their will still be GP led centres Bradshaw: if Darzi doesn't leave a legacy, their will be GP led centres

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