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Capital booster for GP premises

From Norman Warner

Health minister

It is misleading to claim GP premises in London are in crisis (News, 23 March). The Government has been rectifying a legacy of neglect of London's primary care facilities.

The NHS in London has never witnessed such a sustained investment in GP surgeries and health centres. In the last four years, 462 GP premises in London ­ almost one in three ­ have been refurbished and 45 one-stop centres have opened to patients or are in the process of being built across the capital.

NHS LIFT has also been a success in London. Virtually all PCTs across London are developing modern, purpose-built facilities as part of the programme. Since the first NHS LIFT health centre opened in Newham in 2004, a further 13 new NHS LIFT-funded buildings have opened to patients across the capital.

Another 18 will be opening during the coming months.

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