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£250m annual investment in GP premises starts this year, says Stevens

1 June 2015

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Last night, Simon Stevens said that every year for the next four years £250 million would be invested in GP premises.

“GPs handle 90% of the patient contact with the NHS… and yet, despite handling 90% of the work, we’re investing less than 10% of the funds. So we’ve got to increase our investment,” he said on the Andrew Marr show last night.

“We’re making a big start on that this year, with £250 million pounds invested in GP premises, to be continued for the next four years.”

In the interview he also revealed plans to clamp down on “rip-off” staffing agencies, and convert that spending into “good, paying, permanent jobs.”

In terms of the seven day NHS, he said a rota for weekend and evening care could be rolled out for GPs, like the current system some chemists have, with practices taking turns at having extended hours.

Andrew Marr and asked Stevens whether he’d cut the amount of managers, he said that “rather than denigrate the NHS managers we need to recognise that the NHS needs the best management we can possibly muster.”

To watch the full interview click here