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NHS England asks housing developer for £700,000 contribution to GP services

NHS England has asked a housing developer to contribute more than £700,000 towards reconfiguring GP services in the affected area.

NHS England and NHS East and North Herts CCG raised concerns that a new development in Stevenage town centre would put increased pressure on local GP surgeries, which are already running over capacity.

Development company Park Place Plaza Ltd plans to build 202 new homes in the development, creating what NHS England and the CCG estimate would be close to 500 new patient registrations.

NHS England said in a submission to Stevenage Borough Council: ‘There are a number of surgeries that will be affected by the proposed developments that do not have the capacity to absorb the additional requirement for general medical services.’

GP practices in the town highlighted their concern about already constrained GP premises infrastructure to the CCG and NHS England.

NHS England and NHS East and North Herts CCG said that a developer contribution of £125,469.50 for primary care GMS and £622,893.26 to the reconfiguration of local practices to cope with the new demand placed by the development was ‘fair and reasonable’.

Stevenage Borough Council said that the planning application was ongoing and that it would consider NHS England and the CCG’s request as part of the planning process.

Park Place Plaza Ltd could not be reached for comment at time of publication.

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Readers' comments (13)

  • It's about time we started doing this. There has been considerable development in the town where I work, new schools, nurseries and shops etc. But no consideration to provide extra funding for GPs

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  • £700k sounds a bit light. £1.4/patient. Not sure that will achieve anything.

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  • NHSE is starting to get desperate. Surely this is an issue of NHSE policy and funding healthcare appropriately, including population growth, and not passing the buck to a third party (who would only pass on cost back to any buyers).

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  • Why does NHSE want this money? To give themselves hefty bonuses or fund another party in Monaco bay?
    Where's the 186000 given by Redrow in 2012-13 to NHS (confirmed through FOI) for housing complex built in Halling at the site of the former CEMEX plant? People involved with that money are still in top positions in NHSE and Prop Services.
    There are no guarantees where this money will end up and only the slightest chance that it will be allocated to local services. Instead of getting excited over this demand of 700k let's think about increasing accountability and rooting out corruption at NHSE level.

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  • Only 500? - Number os houses going up here will need a whole practice!

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  • Developers are supposed to make contributions for the impact on local infrastructure including health services caused by their large housing developments. It is part of the planning application process. The NHS has made these applications in many areas in recent times including my own -its call a section 106 application that goes to the planning dept.when reviewing the developers application. Even though they may initially get approved and money allocated to the NHS to extend or build new premises, they are challenged by the developers legal teams and get overturned in 95% of cases. The local NHS invariably does not have a local robust 5-10 year primary care premises strategy that is essential to gain these monies and also cannot afford the legal costs etc to fight the developers challenges.

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  • they are not charity. cost will be pased to house buyers and their profit will remain same.

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  • Bizzare

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  • According to the BBC, the government says it wants a million NEW HOMES built in England by 2020.
    Will the Government force the future developers to pay for the extra schools, hospitals, surgeries, police, ambulances, transport and the rest of public services?

    Absolutely absurd request, and I cannot imagine the developers setting a precedent by obliging.

    ALL governments have failed dismally to make provisions for demographic changes and now they are trying to stick plasters. Too late.

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  • All the money will go into the hospitals and primary care would not see a penny due to an existing silly rule that the CCG has to pay what the hospital asks and the only remit is to save on Primary care destroying it.

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