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GPs must 'help themselves' to GP Forward View rescue package


Dr Varnam, You are advising us to be proactive and go for the money. I'll give you an example unaccountability. We had been chasing £186000 given to Medway Council to support Strood Practices allocated from a housing development in Halling in 2010. Only now in 2017 after getting our local MP, Kellie Tolhurst, involved were we able to find the money. It was a shock when Kellie informed us that she had not found £186k instead she had found £1 million of unused money given during the past 6 years to NHSE for Medway Surgeries. A month ago CCG informed us that they have now been given access but they are not sure how and where they can use it - ie lack of knowledge re regulations governing use of 106 monies. Which shows that 106 monies have never ever been used for the purpose of supporting primary care when buildings crop up around Surgeries overwhelming them. If it was a million for Medway alone, what is the scale of monies hoarded and siphoned off from all developments in Kent and England as a whole? Nobody will ever find out. The need for transparency and accountability,naming and shaming of NHS officials involved in these systems is getting more desperate. You can't run a system where the government allows shady working patterns at the local level. We in Medway thank our local MP Kelly Tolhurst for being the first one to take the matter straight to her colleagues in Westminter and getting this resolved. Instead of striving to squeeze the last breath from our lungs, we should be trying to promote transparency and then the funds available may help - every little does.

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22 Mar 2017

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