Premises Funding – so what’s new?

So “GP leaders” (whoever they might be) are now jumping up and down about the lack of premises funding to support new initiatives, especially those migrating from secondary care to the overburdened GP population.

This is hardly news – where have they been for the last 6 or 7 years? I have managed to squeeze the odd buck out of the PCT once a decade for something like a CCTV upgrade, but anything more than the cost of a good night out is met with a blank look, purple face, and a mumbled comment about being late for a meeting. I am not even sure the concept of premises funding still exists.

I remember a few of years ago working on our training practice application and looking at the funding arrangements for extending the premises to provide training facilities and consulting rooms. After bouncing around in the system like a ping-pong ball looking for a buck-stop person it appears I could get some dosh, as long as I had plans and planning permissions in place as part of the application. Ha. It was late November, and I had until the end of March. Fat chance. Another opportunity lost. Perhaps it reduced the deficit – who knows?

Just for a laugh, try an application for a new health centre at £5m. Snag is, where do you send it?


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