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Premises funds confusion

GP premises problems in Avon could be eased by an injection of less than £2 million a year in revenue funding, a report by the LMC has concluded.

The paper argues that a return to the 'traditional' notional rent route where GPs borrowed the capital to finance premises was 'far more flexible than the private finance initiative or NHS LIFT'.

Steve Mercer, Avon LMC chief executive, said: 'We believe there is a very sensible structure that can be developed at a modest cost to enhance or tweak the GP estate. It is being blocked because of a blockage in the central funding system, because of this constant confusion between capital funding and revenue funding.'

The LMC estimated that extra capacity of around 25 new treatment room and diagnostic suites, at a cost of £20 million in capital funding, would ease premises problems in Avon.

If the revenue funding was made available, these premises could be on line within three years, the LMC said.

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