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LIFT has crucial role to play

From Chris Whitehouse,

chair, LIFT LOBI

It should come as no surprise that Partnerships for Health is discussing the future role of LIFT with key stakeholders such as the GPC (News, 22 February); indeed, it should be seen as a positive step in communications over developing the primary care estate.

It must not be forgotten, when looking at the best way

of carrying this programme forward, that LIFT has already attracted £1.2bn of investment in a short time with 109 LIFT schemes open and a further 79 under construction.

Over the past six years about a third of all GP surgeries in the country have either been refurbished or replaced – this simply would not have been possible had LIFT not been a success.

Health centres are opening across England that offer extended services and help GPs deliver even better services to people closer to home. As practice-based commissioning becomes embedded and the secondary–primary shift becomes a reality, LIFT's role will become even more crucial to putting the patient at the heart of the health agenda.

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