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GPs must not be forced into polyclinics says FDA

The Family Doctor Association has warned against coercion of practices into new buildings, after returning from a fact-finding trip to a German polyclinic hailed as a possible model for the NHS.

Members of the Family Doctor Association toured the Polikum Freidenau polyclinic in Berlin, where the flow of NHS executives has been so fast of late that a formal business arrangement is being set up by the clinic to stop their visits disrupting services.

Afterwards the association said it was ‘pleasantly surprised' by elements of the polyclinic, including the ‘seductive attractiveness' of new large buildings, which had levels of cleanliness, tidiness and order unlikely in the average UK city.

But despite being ‘no longer hostile' to the polyclinic model, it said the German system was ‘not suitable' for complete replication in the UK and polyclinics should be in addition rather than a replacement for all existing surgeries.

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