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NHS Reforms: What‘s the latest on the Estate?

21 December 2010

The Department of Health has recently released two important papers; the 2011 NHS Operating Framework and the PCT Allocation. Together these two papers show how the Government is developing it’s thought process after responses to the White Paper and indicates what the NHS should do to deliver a patient centred service in the future.

Interestingly the two papers say little at all about the NHS Estate and what is to happen with the land and buildings which are currently owned by PCTs. Whilst it appears clear that services, accountability and finance are all for example discussed in detail, there is yet to be any decision on who is to retain ownership of the service environment.

Unless guidance is delivered soon there is a possibility that there will be insufficient time for PCTs to prepare and a frenzy of estate activity in the final months before the closure of PCTs. Ultimately this could lead to a messier estate being handed over to the successor organisation and a real practical headache for the successor organisation to sort out.

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