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Conservative candidate atttacks polyclinics

By Gareth Iacobucci

Boris Johnson has waded into the polyclinic row, accusing the Government of removing GPs from their rightful place in the community, and misleading the public.

The Conservative MP and London Mayoral candidate said the plans outlined in Lord Darzi's London review would take GPs away from where their patients needed them, and did not make it clear what local services are to be closed, moved or merged.

Mr Johnson said: ‘While it is right that healthcare in London must change - and it is right that more health services can be provided in the com-munity - these proposals are not necessarily the answer.'

‘The moving of GPs into proposed polyclinics could take them away from the heart of the community where GPs should be based.'

He added: ‘The Darzi report itself says that 58 per cent of Londoners are opposed to the Government's plans; yet the real plans and what they mean for the general public are not being spelt out.'

Mr Johnson said it was ‘not good enough' that ‘major change' could be happening without people knowing, and urged readers to lobby the Government to publish local plans.

His letter comes in the same week that London mayor Ken Livingstone voiced his concerns over the possible negative impact that polyclinics might have on high quality, accessible hospital services.

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