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Independents' Day

Lansley vows to scrap imposition of polyclinics

By Gareth Iacobucci

The Conservatives have vowed to scrap the ‘top down' enforcement of polyclinics on GPs.

Speaking at the annual Conservative Party Conference, shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley pledged to improve patients' access to their family doctor while putting more power back in the hands of GPs.

He said it was time to strengthen GPs role as commissioners of patient care, and pledged to ditch ‘distant, impersonal' polyclinic plans.

Mr Lansley was speaking during a keynote speech at the Party's annual conference in Birmingham, during which he unveiled plans for a large increase in the number of single rooms in NHS hospitals to help tackle infections and improve patient experience.

During the speech, Mr Lansley attacked Labour's handling of GPs, and said the Tories would establish a new independent health service board to: ‘give GPs power and budgets to purchase care on behalf of patients'.

He added: ‘No longer will top down plans like distant, impersonal polyclinics be forced upon GPs.'

The speech marks the latest opposition attack on centrally-imposed plans to procure at least one polyclinic in each PCT.

Tory leader David Cameron has repeatedly criticised the Government for imposing polyclinics on communities against the wishes of local GPs and patients.

The party recently published a list of more than 600 practices they claimed were at risk from the rollout.

Andrew Lansley: no more top down reforms Andrew Lansley: no more top down reforms

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