NHS LIFT threatens to put practices out of business
The Government needs to double investment in GP premises if primary care is to shoulder the increasing workload coming from secondary care, GP leaders believe.
GPC negotiator on premises Dr Peter Holden said roughly £4 billion extra investment was needed.
He said: 'It's not the end of the world considering the savings you could make in secondary care. The Government has got to stop its fantasy of balancing the books at the end of every year.'
Dr Holden added that for every pound of Government cash GPs would get another £10 in outside investment.
Dr Mayur Lakhani, chair of the RCGP, called for an
audit of primary care premises to determine the scale of the problem.
He said: 'Government investment is welcome every bit helps. But what we need is a wholesale investment in premises.
'I think we need a massive review, certainly if we want to deliver the NHS Plan.'
Dr Holden said the GPC would call for an audit of the primary care estate to inform the next round of contract