Andy Burnham: Polyclinics won’t be cut

Posted on October 20, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics |

London Evening Standard | By Anna Davis, Health Reporter | 20 October 2009

Every Londoner will have a polyclinic in their borough before the Olympics, the Health Secretary claimed today.

Andy Burham said said he was determined that the credit crunch will not stop plans to build the “super-health centres” by 2012.

Mr Burnham has also admitted that the NHS needs to make £20 billion savings.

He said that cuts would not hit clinical services, but admitted that health bosses in London would have to “take a close look at services going forward”.

He added: “The roll-out of polyclinics is on track. They will open up a new range of possibilities for services to be provided closer to home.

“In the next decade more services will come out of hospital settings.”

Health bosses in Wandsworth have admitted they scrapped plans for a polyclinic because of the recession.

It raised fears that plans for more polyclinics would be shelved. But Mr Burnham said: “I am assured that London Primary Care Trusts are still working towards 100 per cent population coverage by 2012.”

Mr Burnham added that overhauling how elderly people are cared for is vitally important for Londoners.

He wants to create a National Care Service to make sure there is enough money to look after people as they grow older.

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