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Patients and staff ‘to benefit from Express Lift’

5th August 2008

The government has said NHS staff and patients alike will benefit from an extension to the partnership between local authorities, primary care trusts and the private sector.

It has launched a new national framework procurement to extend access to the local improvement finance trust (Lift).

The Express Lift scheme aims to finance and build improved local healthcare facilities and premises.

According to the Department of Health, the Express Lift framework will speed up the procurement process for infrastructure projects while also reducing costs to bidders to reduce the amount of time elapsed from the completion on bids to four to five months.

It added local procurements will be completed within four to seek weeks, rather than two years as at present.

Mark Britnell, director general, commissioning and system management at the Department of Health, said: “Allowing the Lift scheme to rapidly expand will enable more primary care trusts and local authorities to take advantage of its benefits.”

He added only the best firms would be present on the framework list while the private sector would welcome this announcement.

In December 2007, the government announced the frontline NHS will receive 74.2 billion pounds in 2008-9, with primary care trusts receiving almost four billion pounds more than in the previous financial year.

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