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GPs quit LIFT move in fear of 'horrific bills'

Dr Stewart Manning's practice has pulled out of a move into NHS LIFT-financed premises because of concerns over 'horrific' bills at the new site.

Questions over the terms of the lease, use of spare space and security issues also led the GPs at the Oakley Terrace practice in Leeds to cut ties with the £4.6 million Parkside LIFT development.

Dr Manning said no one involved could tell him what the costs were going to be before the practice moved in. He said: 'Some people are paying horrific costs for LIFT.'

Dr Manning added that he was startled to find consulting room panic alarms only sent signals to the building's front desk.

He said: 'I have been attacked before, so my security is

important.'

A GP at another LIFT practice in the city confirmed that costs were excessively high.

Dr Carole Lee, a GP at the Woodhouse Health Centre, said GPs at the practice had scheduled a meeting with PCT staff over the issue.

She said: 'To be faced with an electricity bill of £900 a month is ridiculous. There are hidden costs with the building.'

A spokeswoman for South Leeds and North West PCTs said patients in the city were benefiting from the four LIFT-

financed premises. Two more were under construction and six were in the planning stages.

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