Memorandum by Sandra King, Acting Chief
Officer, North Tyneside CHC (PS 18)
We ask that the Health Select Committee consider
how robust the balancing mechanisms will be within the NHS LIFT
companies regarding the need to satisfy shareholders with reasonable
profits, (private partners has a 60 per cent share of the company),
and the need to provide the facilities necessary for a modern
and responsive primary care service.
The NHS LIFT companies are to provide primary
care premises (with the potential to provide NHS clinical services)
according to the needs identified in local planning systems such
as health improvement programmes and local strategic partnerships.
Where the need for a new primary care centre is proven in an area
of high deprivation, this could cause a conflict of interest as
it would not be as profitable to build in an area of high unemployment
and/or where there is vandalism. We ask that the Health Select
Committee look into the Articles of Association for the NHS LIFT
companies, and ensure that there is a mechanism for local people,
community groups or patients to be able to challenge the decisions
of the Board to ensure that the primary care premises are provided
where they are needed in the local community, and not necessarily
where the company will be able to make most profit from renting
out spare space to private contractors.
The PCTs buy into the NHS LIFT company by giving
existing primary care premises to NHS LIFT. If these are in prime
locations, then NHS LIFT may sell the premises off for profit
rather than use the site to renovate existing premises or to re-build.