GP leaders have urged health bosses to give the go-ahead to a new medical centre in Leeds – or risk missing the opportunity.
Plans for a new development in Moor Allerton have been under discussion for years.
Three GP practices in the area, which serves some communities which are among the most disadvantaged in the city, want to move into the centre.
But the necessary sign-off has not yet been given by NHS Leeds, the city’s primary care trust which will be abolished at the end of the month. (March)
Coun Neil Buckley (Con, Alwoodley) last year called for movement on the project.
Now he says local people are being “fobbed off” over the facility and that the necessary paperwork had been delayed because of “bureaucratic silliness”.
Leeds Local Medical Committee (LMC), which represents GPs, has written to NHS Leeds saying it is “deeply concerned that the proposed premises development for practices on King Lane appears to be held up by the failure of the PCT to complete the purchase of the land in question.”
Richard Vautrey, Leeds LMC assistant medical secretary, said that if the decision was not made now, there was a risk to the plans.
“There’s a real opportunity for the PCT to leave a legacy for the people of north Leeds,” he said.
A spokesman for NHS Leeds said they were in the process of responding to the letter and that developments from April would be handled by the West Yorkshire Area Team and property services of the NHS Commissioning Board.
“Any outstanding primary care development from Leeds will be forwarded to the new organisation,” he added.