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All practices in England to be invited to bid for £1bn premises funding


Is the invitation to bid addressed to individual practices, and only to individual practices? Is the money for premises or for increased services? If it is for premises, what is the deal and to whom will the premises belong once the money is invested? This sounds very much like a pre-election tactic not designed to solve real problems. Take Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The practices in the centre of Dunstable have been planning a Dunstable Medical Centre to contain all of them PLUS outreach, diagnostic, minor surgery etc services since 1998 and almost reached it three times. Would the funding be available for this when Bedfordshire CCG is £28m in deficit - and has just 'donated' the last 2 years of practices' prescribing incentives to help clear the deficit? (I know a CCG is a Membership Organisation but I am not aware of any consultation with the 'Members') or could it in fact be used to help plug the hole partly created by being 8.39% below Fair Shares?

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14 Jan 2015

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