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Survey finds half of GPs say practice buildings aren’t fit for the future


new poll of GPs and practice managers has found that half don’t think their surgery buildings are fit for purpose.

Of more than 1,000 doctors and practice managers responding to the British Medical Association survey, around 50 per cent said that their premises aren’t suitable for current needs.

When asked about their practice building’s ability to cope with future pressures such as population growth, eight out of 10 said their premises would not be able to handle expected future demand.

The survey results come ahead of the publication of a government review of GP practice premises issues.

Our CEO, Jonathan Murphy, says: “The NHS’s recently-published Long Term Plan once again underlines the need for a primary care estate which can support the huge changes the health service is driving. To deliver more services away from hospital; to accommodate more staff and different areas of expertise in primary care; and to grow social prescribing means having spaces which can support those different ways of working, rather than practices struggling to cope in premises which aren’t up to the task. Most importantly, this is about the experiences of patients: recent research on GP premises by the Patients Association flagged concerns such as access to surgery buildings for people with disabilities, and lack of space in waiting areas.

“Patients talked of buildings which help them feel calm and less anxious; of space for privacy when they’re checking in for an appointment; and crucially of buildings which are easy to get into and around. Many of these should be basic expectations of the buildings where we access healthcare.”

Read Jonathan’s blog for the British Property Federation on the need for the spending review to look to the long-term for NHS capital.