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Polyclinic cash could be far better spent

The Darzi centres in our area are a complete waste of taxpayers' money.

The resources being devoted to them could be used to improve NHS dentistry where large numbers of patients cannot be seen on the NHS and have to go privately for treatment they can hardly afford.

A Darzi centre will destabilise our existing out-of hours centre, which is run by local GPs and provides an excellent service.

The funds could more sensibly have been diverted to that centre so it could have started providing treatment for minor injuries to relieve pressure on A&E.

Dr Kamlesh Garg, Leyland, Lancashire

We are fighting Haringey PCT's primary care strategy, which will result in the closure of 80% of GP practices and the centralisation of services into six polyclinics.

The consultation has been flawed and the exact findings have not been released by the PCT, which has not been deterred in any way by overwhelming opposition from service users.

The council's overview and scrutiny committee has ruled that the primary care strategy is completely inadequate since the consultation process provided no real information about the implications of the changes.

We, the Stop Haringey Healthcuts Coalition, are lobbying the trust and calling for a protest outside a PCT meeting to discuss the plans.

Susan Secher, Stop Haringey Healthcuts Coalition

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