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Polyclinics: The Devil Is In The Detail, UK

July 27, 2017

Help the Aged has responded to 'Under one roof - will polyclinics deliver integrated care?', a major analysis of the opportunities and risks of developing polyclinics, published by the King's Fund.

Help the Aged's Senior Policy Officer Charlotte Potter said: 'Many of the principles behind the idea of a polyclinic, such as increasing access with more effective co-ordination of services, are admirable.

'But as ever the devil is in the detail of implementation. The Kings Fund has raised some serious concerns that must be addressed.

'GPs are often the gateway to lifeline services for older people - not just health but also social care. It is essential that primary care trusts only reconfigure services in a way which guarantees better access and coordination for all users, paying particular attention to older people who will depend on them most.'


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Help the Aged is the charity fighting to free disadvantaged older people in the UK and overseas from poverty, isolation, neglect and ageism. It campaigns to raise public awareness of the issues affecting older people and to bring about policy change. The Charity delivers a range of services: information and advice, home support and community living, including international development work. These are supported by its paid-for services and fundraising activities - which aim to increase funding in the future to respond to the growing unmet needs of disadvantaged older people. Help the Aged also funds vital research into the health issues and experiences of older people to improve the quality of later life.

Help the Aged urgently needs donations and support to help it in the increasingly challenging fight to free disadvantaged older people from poverty, isolation and neglect.

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