GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said that during recent meetings with the DoH ‘the penny has dropped that without sustained investment we can’t move forward with the premises problem’.
‘We discussed how a lack of space was going to hamper the government’s hopes of care closer to home and GPs expanding their role,’ said Dr Holden.
‘The PCT mindset is that there is no money for premises outside of LIFT. The DoH is beginning to realise that LIFT is not always the answer and there may be other means.’
The GPC is calling for examples of different types of premises development paid for outside of LIFT schemes for its discussions with the DoH.
Almost two thirds of UK GP premises are inadequate for practices’ current needs, according to a BMA survey conducted last year (GP, 19 May 2006).