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Polyclinics on the TV and radio

The polyclinic battle was all over the airwaves this morning following the NHS Confederation's report supporting the Government's plans.

The polyclinic battle was all over the airwaves this morning following the NHS Confederation's report supporting the Government's plans.



GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman got the big gig, going toe to toe with Nigel Edwards from the Confederation on the Today programme at 7.10am (you may need RealPlayer to play that link). Or in reality as it's the Today programme, both went toe to toe with John Humphreys.

Listening in the shower, I thought Dr Buckman had a tough job as he got the first question, then Nigel Edwards had the next four and overall had a longer spot.

However, Nigel Edwards caused a few seconds of dead air after the final question as he tried to sum up why polyclinics were a good thing, which made him seem less convincing.

Sidekick Dr Richard Vautrey got the TV slot on BBC Breakfast at the same time with the slightly fluffier Bill Turnbull.

Did you hear or see either of them? Did they put up a convincing argument.

Laurence Buckman

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