Funding ‘pause’ stops NHS centre upgrade

Old Leake Medical Centre which has had funding rejected which might have helped get them new upgraded facilities.'Assistant practice manager Chris Maddison outside the medical centre.

Old Leake Medical Centre which has had funding rejected which might have helped get them new upgraded facilities.'Assistant practice manager Chris Maddison outside the medical centre.

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A medical centre hopes NHS bosses will relook at a decision to ‘pause’ funding bids so it can take up a chance to upgrade its facilities.

Old Leake Medical Centre was recently invited by Boston Mayflower to be part of its rebuild of The Meadows elderly persons unit in the village.

A surgery could be put into the building– offering the ‘unique’ chance for the centre to upgraded its facilities, including car parking.

However, NHS England said funding across the whole of the country had been ‘paused’ until April 1, 2014.

Dr Stuart Bull said the centre was ‘disappointed’, adding: “The facilities at the centre are inadequate. The treatment rooms are obsolete and we have already been told they do not meet CQC standards.”

Boston MP Mark Simmonds has taken up the fight, writing to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and speaking to Earl Howe at the Department of Health.

He said: “I’m very concerned that Old Leake Medical Centre has been refused funding to improve its facilities. The centre and its staff provides an excellent service and must be allowed to continue its good work.”

An NHS spokesman said: “Like all public sector organisations, NHS England is operating within a challenging financial framework, making it imperative current and future commitments are reviewed to ensure area teams make the most cost effective use of the funding available. In common with many other area teams, NHS England (Leicestershire and Lincolnshire) has paused funding processes while we appraise the situation in order to achieve this aim.

“We would like to reassure GP practices we will be working with CCGs to develop a strategy for primary care over the next few months and will keep them updated on progress.