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Nepal revealed as inspiration for Darzi polyclinics

The Department of Health has kept it quiet, but it's clear Lord Darzi's inspiration for developing polyclinics in the UK comes from the health system in Nepal.

The Department of Health has kept it quiet, but it's clear Lord Darzi's inspiration for developing polyclinics in the UK comes from the health system in Nepal.



It was the photo below sent to us by Dr D. Joseph of Manchester that brought home just how much Lord Darzi has been inspired by the multi-functional premises used by Nepalese doctors.

Khunde Hospital - established by Sir Edmund Hilary in the 1960s - doubles as a hospital and primary care centre providing services to local villagers and climbers on their way to/from Everest.

But also, as the picture clearly shows, it also offers walk-in veterinary services.

There are strong rumours emerging from the Department of Health ahead of next week's Darzi review that all 152 PCTs will be mandated to ensure that 15 per cent of practices in their area provide walk-in veterinary services to the local animal population.

Lord Darzi is expected to emphasise that in a modern 24-hour society it is only right that choice of provider and extended access should be extended to farm and other animals.

Our sources indicate that one of the motivations behind the move is to ensure that new polyclinics in rural areas remain financially viable. Strong lobbying against the move by Tower Hamlets and other London PCTs has apparently been to no avail.

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