Reform think tank reaction to the British Medical Association report finding “half of GP practices are not fit for purpose”

Commenting on the BMA report, Andrew Haldenby, Director of the independent public services think tank, Reform, said:

“Improving GP surgeries needn’t be too expensive for the taxpayer. Many GPs can make better use of their space, and others can borrow capital funds from the private sector.”

Research by Reform has found that the NHS should identify industry partners/private funding, as well as government borrowing and land sales, to build modern GP surgeries at value for money to the taxpayer.

The think tank has also called for a greater use of technology so that fewer patients need face-to-face consultations, enabling GPs to spend more time with the most serious patients.


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Notes to editors

  1. Reform is an independent, non-party, charitable think tank whose mission is to set out ideas that will improve public services for all and deliver value for money.
  2. In 2018 Reform published ‘A design diagnosis: Reinvigorating the primary care estate’.
  3. The report can be found here: