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Polyclinics are crude conveyor belts

Your article on polyclinics (News, 12 July) was particularly relevant here in Warrington.

The PCT's crude attempt to centralise services into five APMS-run clinics ­ without any prior consultation with GPs ­ was overwhelmingly rejected by the public who understood the importance of continuity of care and local services.

The concept of bringing more services into a community setting was, and is, supported by local GPs. The overall aim to amalgamate all practices into an amorphous, centralised, conveyor-belt service is not.

It is concerning that the plan for London's primary care, advised by a surgeon, is to roll out across the country in a one-size-fits-all approach.

Patients will not fall for this type of political engineering, which may destroy local services and make local hospitals unviable.

True patient choice was exhibited fully here in Warrington and it will be a foolish SHA or PCT that does not reflect on this.

Dr Max Levy, Warrington lead GP, Mid-Mersey LMC

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