THERE has been a lot of mischievious talk of late about the proposed new polyclinic for Solihull.
Claims that the existing doctor services will be adversely affected, claims that the patient/doctor bond will be broken, and now claims that it could lead to the closure of the Accident and Emergency service at Solihull Hospital.
A spokesperson for the hospital has denied this and there is no reason to doubt them.
Too much time in A&E is taken up with staff dealing with non-emergencies, people who, for one reason or another, can't go to their GP's surgery.
Rather than threatening the future of the A&E department a polyclinic is likely to free it up to deal with what it's designed to do.
GP surgeries aren't so keen on polyclinics because in the NHS the money follows the patient and if he or she goes elsewhere the surgery will lose out.
Finally, how many of us have a nagging health problem which maybe doesn't warrant the fuss of a visit to A&E yet can't wait to fit into the busy schedule of a GP surgery?
How many of us would benefit from a walk-in centre just to get checked out, get into the system and on the road to better health?
Rather a lot I'd say. ..SUPL: