LIFT proving 'unworkable' for primary care developments

The GPC has called for 'massive investment' in primary care premises, pointing to increasing evidence that LIFT building schemes are proving unworkable.

Support for the LIFT model has dipped among both GPs and PCTs, who have expressed concerns that it will saddle health communities with long-term debt while failing to meet health needs.

Wiltshire PCT rejected plans for a LIFT scheme worth around £85 million in late July. An affordability study found that it would not provide value for money until 13 years into the project.

There was also concern that small-scale development planned for the area did not warrant such a complex funding arrangement.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said: ‘The DoH needs to accept that massive capital expenditure is needed to invest in the future of primary care rather than LIFT, which is proving unworkable in many areas.’

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