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'Seek your own financial lift'

GPs who need new premises but cannot take advantage of NHS Lift should seek out their own private finance, the Government believes.

Health minister Lord Warner said an inability to get Lift funding should not be a barrier to upgrading rundown premises.

Lift has come under fire from GPs and NHS managers for being expensive, bureaucratic and the only option for premises funding.

Lord Warner told Pulse: 'If you can combine a substantial volume of activity to get a wide range of support services and can raise the finances and get a stream of revenue, there's nothing to stop you.'

The minister's comments came as he launched a working group to investigate how more hospital services can be brought into primary care.

The group, which includes the BMA and four royal colleges, will seek to define how ENT, trauma, orthopaedics, dermatology, urology, gynaecology and general surgery can be brought into primary care.

Lord Warner said: 'There's nothing like co-location to get people working together.'

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