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Trust refutes clinic claims

SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has denied claims new health services proposed for Solihull will be like the polyclinic scheme devised for London.

SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has denied claims new health services proposed for Solihull will be like the polyclinic scheme devised for London.

Government plans to build multi purpose health centres were criticised by Solihull's Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate Maggie Throup, who said such polyclinics would mean patients would be forced to travel further to see their GP.

She also blasted them as "impersonal" claiming they would "break the valued link

between patients and their family doctor."

But, the Trust said the centre in Solihull would be a "GP led health centre" with easy access for the majority of patients.

A Trust spokesperson said: "An Equitable Access Centre is being provided in Solihull in response to the government's requirement for easy access to GP led services at a convenient location and during extended hours.

"No existing GP practice will be required to close or reduce their range of services because of the opening of the new health centre."

Plans are still in the early stages and exactly what these services will be, has yet to be decided.

The Trust is consulting with the public and other stakeholders to determine what services will be offered.

A reply-paid leaflet is being delivered to households in Solihull which residents can use to register their interest, share comments or make suggestions.

Although a location has yet to be decided, the centre, set to open in 2009, will be in a convenient location in an existing building and will be open from 8am - 8pm, seven days a week.

 

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