LEYTON: Polyclinic receives visit from health chief

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Chair of NHS Waltham Forest Azfal Akram, with Sir George Alberti and Ken Aswani, GP and chair of the patient executive committee Chair of NHS Waltham Forest Azfal Akram, with Sir George Alberti and Ken Aswani, GP and chair of the patient executive committee

AN NHS boss has given the new Leyton Polyclinic his seal of approval.

Sir George Alberti, national clinical director for emergency access, visited the Oliver Road clinic to see whether the new clinic is working well.

Part of a tour of London health services, Sir George was “delighted” by the new service, which officially opened its doors earlier this year.

The clinic caused controversy before it opened and healthcare campaigners feared the new clinic could restrict GP access and could lead to “privatisation by the back door”.

The Oliver Road centre was one of the first polyclinics to open in London and is run by a consortium of GPs through Forest Community Health and Partnership of East London Co-operative (PELC).

Sir George Alberti plays a major role in shaping emergency care.

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