With over 200 votes cast so far on the Audlem Online Vote Poll asking "Do you think it's important for Audlem to retain its own GP practice?", the voting is 98% 'Yes' with just four people voting no.
You can cast your vote by clicking on 'Yes', 'No' or 'Unsure' and then on 'Vote Now'. Do cast your vote on this important issue which is now attracting national attention. The Kings Fund has just published a report on the Government's plan to roll out polyclinics. The Kings Report says:
"'We welcome the Government's assurance that there will be no national blueprint but that needs to be spelt out in unequivocal terms. Above all we appeal to ministers to make it abundantly clear that there will be no compulsion on local NHS organisations to erect buildings or follow this or any other centrally dictated model of care. Polyclinics may be the right answer in some areas, they will not be right for others. That should be a matter to be decided locally on a case-by-case basis using the best clinical evidence available together with a full assessment of the costs and the impact on patient access."
The report singles out rural areas as not suiting polyclinics. The Audlem practice's own petition attracted over 500 signatures and it appears the Audlem Online Vote Poll shows very strong support for the local GP practice.
Finally, and we can't resist it, have you heard about the man who complained he was feeling as sick as a parrot. Quick as a flash, he was referred to the nearest polyclinic!
Many thanks to Ian Oxley for that topical gem.
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