PCT asks if premises improvements needed

A PCT has pledged a raft of improvements to practices in its area, bucking a national trend to hold off funding premises upgrades.

Lord Darzi
Lord Darzi

Portsmouth City Teaching PCT is releasing non-recurrent funding due to run out for a series of improvement grants to practices.

All practices in the city have now been asked to submit bids, with work set to include improving security, telephone systems and access to premises.

Last week the GPC warned that there was ‘no political will’ from central government to fund improvements to practices or new premises, apart from the 250 APMS health centres being proposed as part of Lord Ara Darzi’s review into the future of health care.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that premises upgrades not part of Lord Darzi’s plans would increasingly have to rely on the goodwill of PCTs, adding that the situation in Portsmouth was rare.

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