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Like Lesley Mayo (Letters, January 22) we are also having problems getting premises development activity moving. We are a five-partner training practice with a GP retainer, a GP registrar, three nurses and a support team practising in part of a 1970s health centre.

Part of the support team has been in portable accommodation for 11 years. Redevelopment has been a 'work in progress' for many years.

Then came nGMS and a cash-limited budget for premises held centrally by the Welsh Assembly. Subsequently the hoops that must be jumped through started to materialise:

·The local health board must have an estates strategy in place and approved by the Welsh Assembly

·The proposal must fit with the estates strategy

·The proposal must have the approval of the health board

·The proposal must then be approved by the Welsh Assembly.

We do not object to this process; it should ensure the appropriate development of the health care estate. What we do find irksome is the length of time the process is taking. Here we are just over a month away from the end of the first year of nGMS and not a single premises development project has had the green light in our area.

In fact, the estates strategy has not yet been approved by the Welsh Assembly.

Mike Wallace

Practice Manager

Buckley, Flintshire

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