The LIFT Council has hosted a successful reception in the Houses of Parliament, celebrating the successes of LIFT and how LIFTCos can help to deliver on the ambitions of the Naylor Review of NHS property and estates. Taking place on the evening of 31st January 2018, the reception was hosted by Karin Smyth MP, MP for Bristol South and a former NHS manager. Speeches were also delivered by Chris Whitehouse, Chairman of the LIFT Council, and Andy Cowper, contributing editor at Health Service Journal.

Chris Whitehouse said:

“Sir Robert Naylor’s report showed the alarming number of NHS premises that are more than 30 years old. We cannot expect GPs and healthcare professionals to deliver the services patients need in local communities if the buildings they work in are simply not up to scratch.

 “There is an understandable hesitancy about the role of the private sector in delivering public services and infrastructure given recent events. But it’s important to remember that the LIFT model has been proven over nearly two decades, has delivered more than 330 fit-for-purpose buildings, and generated more than £2.5bn of investment in the primary care estate. These premises allow for the delivery of a multitude of services, ensuring patients get the care they need without resorting to acute settings, and delivering value for money to the health service.”

 Karin Smyth MP said:

“The care delivered by the NHS has changed fundamentally in 70 years, but it’s entirely fair to say the buildings that care is delivered from haven’t kept up with the times. Nearly 20 percent of the properties used by the NHS pre-date its creation. That cannot be compatible with the best possible care or value for money. A new generation of premises is required.”