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Bid to ease stranglehold of LIFT premises schemes

Growing fears over the financial stranglehold that LIFT has on premises funding have prompted one LMC to call a moratorium on the private finance schemes.


Bedfordshire LMC has said it has 'serious concerns that entering into a LIFT contract will leave PCTs and practice-based commissioning groups in the future with an enormous financial burden'.

And having looked at the LIFT contract proposed for the area, the LMC is recommending that PCTs do not sign up to any programmes. It claimed lack of premises funding was jeopardising the Government's plan to provide care closer to home.

Concerns that LIFT is presented as the only premises solution, leaving smaller schemes out in the cold, have prompted other PCTs to call for the Government to release alternative sources of funding.

Dr Greg Place, Nottingham-shire LMC chair, said its PCT's contract with LIFT 'had sucked out all the money earmarked for premises'.

He added: 'If you want to do anything small you can't go over £100,000 or LIFT gets first call, so development apart from LIFT has ground to a halt.'

We did it our way...

Ten doctors from two practices in Syston, Leicestershire, who raised £5.4m to buy a new health centre will see a three-year scheme come to fruition when it opens next month.

The doctors decided to club together to form a building consortium after looking into PFI schemes to redevelop their surgeries and deciding they were not cost-effective.

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