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welsh government logo cb 1December 11 2017

Nineteen new health and care centres could be constructed across Wales by 2021, providing that applications for funding are properly supported.

The Welsh Government has announced that up to £68 million will be available for the centres, but “construction will be subject to the agreement of successful business cases from the local health boards.” The potential funding is described as “the biggest targeted investment in primary and community care infrastructure by Welsh Government.”

The funding is being made available across seven health boards, and will be used for the refurbishment and redevelopment of existing sites, as well as a number of new build developments.

“A key theme of the pipeline is integration and health boards are looking to work with a range of delivery partners, including local authorities, housing associations and the third sector, to bring together a range of public services into community hubs,” said the Welsh Government.

Responding to the announcement, Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair GPC Wales, said the organisation was keen to hear more detail. “We would particularly welcome information regarding the allocation of funding and how the distribution of projects has been decided upon.

“Whilst we welcome improving access to services closer to people’s homes, it’s difficult to assess the impact this will have without knowing the intricacies of how it will work. It’s concerning to us that the initial reaction from LMC members suggests that they haven’t been involved in the design of the scheme.”

Dr Jones added that it is “vital that local clinicians, who understand the needs of the local community, are involved in service design to ensure that patients receive the services they deserve. As part of the work to improve access to local services, investment is desperately needed to ensure the GP estate is fit for purpose. Robust premises strategies must be developed, with the full involvement of LMCs.”

The Chair of the RCGP in Wales, Dr Rebecca Payne, said the College has been calling “for a dedicated fund to improve the quality of GP surgeries. Our initial impression is that this investment is a positive step towards that.

“While we welcome the Cabinet Secretary's announcement, it is vital that those at the frontline are involved in the details of how this investment will be delivered. In addition, all surgeries need to be able to access support to improve premises in order to better meet patient needs.”

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Welsh Government announcement          
RCGP comment                  
BMA comment 

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