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Chancellor unveils £100 million for 600 new training practices

By Steve Nowottny

The Government is to invest £100 million in upgrading 600 GP surgeries to enable them to become training practices.

The new programme, unveiled as part of the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report, is intended to create ‘opportunities for small firms' as part of £3 billion-worth of capital spending brought forward from 2010-11.

The funding will be targeted in ‘areas that have historically had a lower provision of doctors.'

A Department of Health spokesperson said: ‘We are committed to continued expansion in training places for GPs. This proposed investment will support improvements in the number and quality of GP training practices.'

‘We intend to discuss further with the NHS and with professional groups how best to deploy this investment.'

She added that further details of the scheme would be announced within ‘the next few months'.

Chancellor announces £100m investment to build 600 new training practices

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