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In response to your article about premises and problems of funding (News, April 30), we sympathise with the 'despair and frustration' expressed by Dr Peter Holden of the GPC.

However, we can offer more than sympathy. Medical Property Fund was set up 18 months ago to invest in primary care premises. So far we have committed £175 million to existing and new properties and still have over £200 million to invest. We have funds available now to help GPs and PCT in getting schemes off the ground.

We can forward fund developments that may not yet have specific revenue allocation, provided they are approved by the PCT and are considered a priority in a PCT's overall strategic services development plan.

This sort of funding is not tied to any sort of PFI or LIFT arrangement. Our aim is to be a long-term partner with GPs and PCTs and what we can offer now is faster delivery of schemes.

And it's not just brand-new supersurgery-type developments and LIFT projects. We invest in older, existing premises where the GPs cannot get funding for expansion or where GPs are reluctant to borrow for large capital schemes or simply where they would like to extract their equity.

Richard Burrell

Chair, Investment Committee

Medical Property Fund

London W1

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