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gp-premises-fundingJanuary 19 2015

NHS England is inviting GPs to submit bids to improve their premises with funding from the £1 billion it will be investing in primary care. The funding will be spent over the next four years as part of the Five Year Forward View programme.

In the first year the money “will predominantly accelerate schemes which are in the pipeline, bringing benefits to patients more quickly,” anticipates NHS England.

“This new funding, alongside our incremental premises programme, will accelerate investment in increasing infrastructure, accelerate better use of technology and in the short term, will be used to address immediate capacity and access issues, as well as lay the foundations for more integrated care to be delivered in community settings.”

Applications will need to set out how practices will give them the capacity to do more, how they can provide value for money, and how they can improve access and services for the frail and elderly. Bids for the first tranche of the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund should be submitted by February 16.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the BMA’s General Practice Committee was encouraged by the “central recognition of the huge historic underinvestment in GP premises,” and that the investment “is undoubtedly a step in the right direction and if delivered properly could result in real change.”

He pointed out that “a recent BMA survey found that seven out of ten GP practices were too cramped and inadequate to expand the services they provide, while four out of ten said their facilities were preventing them from providing even basic GP services.”

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “We hope that this pledge of new money is the beginning of a ‘new deal for general practice’ and will allow us to treat more patients in the community, keeping them out of hospitals unless absolutely necessary.

“Our patients deserve to see their GP in modern surroundings with state of the art equipment, but this must go hand in hand with funding for frontline patient care – and proactive initiatives to boost GP numbers.”

Links:

NHS England announcement

Primary Care Infrastructure Fund application details

RCGP response

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