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Polyclinic plans are exciting

Re: your article ‘Polyclinic push begins' (News, 17 October). Although I can understand the concern expressed, some of the information is a little inaccurate.

As chair of Kensington and Chelsea PCT I have found it exciting to see the changes we have brought about over the last few years with St Charles Hospital. A large investment was made to develop it into a primary care centre and community hospital.

During this process of change we were engaged in a long public consultation and all the way through it was the proposed primary care centre that gave us the most consistent positive feedback. This consultation process also included local GPs.

This all predates any Lord Darzi report, and so your link with proposed polyclinics is slightly erroneous.

GPs in north Kensington are generally positive about the changes. The PBC group has been involved with the PCT in visiting local GPs and trying to encourage them to get involved with the project so that we can increase the number of services offered to the local population in a facility that is both accessible to the disabled and designed for the purpose.

At present no GP is being forced to move into the premises and the PCT, as far as I understand, continues to be in discussion with local practices.

I, for one, strongly hope that smaller practices in north Kensington, which are often housed in small premises with limited access and facilities, will take the opportunity of moving into this facility.

From Dr Andrew Steeden, Kensington, London

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