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Patients key to premises

Practices must be patient-orientated when bidding for premises and not complain too much about their existing surgeries.

That was the advice from Dr Peter Swinyard, former-chair of the GPC premises subcommittee, to more than 120 GPs attending Pulse's premises seminar last week.

Dr Swinyard, a GP in Wiltshire, said GPs should flag up the extended range of services they could offer in more modern premises when negotiating with their PCT.

He said: 'The overall message is that there is a funding problem, and you are not guaranteed revenue funding.

'Therefore, you can't go in thinking ''Oh dear, we're poor doctors in uncomfortable premises'', you have got to think about what motivates PCTs and managers and what they are interested in.'

Suzanne Joyce, an independent consultant on premises development, said private sector investors were 'banging on the door trying to get into this

sector'. She said: 'This not only frees up GPs to focus on clinical work, but devolves a lot of the financial risk involved.'

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