Premises need adequate funds

GPs at the LMCs conference rebuked the government for failing to invest in their premises.

Delegates backed unanimously a call by Dr John Doyle from Surrey LMC who pointed out that if PCTs are to shift care from the secondary to the primary sector, practices need premises that are fit for purpose and that not to invest is short-sighted.

'Adequate funding for general practice premises is such an obvious concept that it is incredible we need a motion to vote for it,' Dr Doyle said.

Not to invest could lead to the failure of practice-based commissioning and even of some practices, he said.

Money must be protected against raids by strapped-for-cash PCTs, he insisted, saying that spending on premises was needed, not just a nominal budget.

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