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Anger over freeze on premises developments in Wales

By Gareth Iacobucci

The BMA has hit out at plans to put a freeze on the redevelopment of new GP premises in Wales until further notice.

The National Assembly Government has instructed Local Heath Boards to immediately cease planning for primary care projects in Wales that have yet to appoint a third-party developer, whilst the NHS reorganisation takes place.

BMA Cymru Wales said it was ‘extremely concerned', warning that 140 projects could be affected over five years if planning for future redevelopments was delayed.

It said the move would mean GPs having to work in premises that were not fit for purpose.

Under the plans, projects where a third-party developer has already been chosen could still go ahead.

An assembly spokesman confirmed it had asked for ‘a prudent approach' to be taken with the restructuring of the NHS.

But they added: ‘There is not a freeze on primary care developments. In addition to schemes continuing to be funded via the private development route, approximately £20 million of capital funding will be made available to fund suitable primary care developments over the next three years.'

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