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Felixstowe: Bartlet sale saves health service £90,000 a year

14:00 02 February 2013

The former Bartlet Hospital - soon to be converted into luxury flats.

The former Bartlet Hospital - soon to be converted into luxury flats.

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SALE of Felixstowe’s former Bartlet Hospital has netted health chiefs a double cash bonus.

The convalescent unit has been sold to Gipping Homes for £1.16million for conversion to homes but also reaps savings in the authority’s security and maintenance costs.

The sale cash is to be used to help fund a new medical centre for Felixstowe.

In a report to the NHS Suffolk board meeting, interim trust secretary Colin Boakes said: “This planned asset disposal represents a value-for-money sale that also potentially supports one of its GP practices in the same community going forwards.

“The sale of the Bartlet would also reduce NHS Suffolk’s asset liability and make recurring revenue savings of circa £90,000 per annum in running costs and security for the vacant site in addition to the capital receipt.”

Gipping Homes, based at Baylham, will convert the Grade II-starred building into 21 luxury flats, turn the old nurses’ home into seven properties and build three new town houses in a terrace in the grounds.

Site clearance work has already started, along with increased security measures, essential repairs and maintenance works.

These will continue while the company seeks approval from Suffolk Coastal District Council for improvements to the existing planning consent.

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  • Hang on… so they take money from the sale of the Bartlett and put it somewhere else. Some would argue that the money (£1.16m) from the sale of the Bartlett should go back to Felixstowe and I would agree – I won’t go in to the history as im sure most readers will be aware of it. The new medical facility sounds like the project that has been talked about to be placed in the field on the left of the approach to the Grove carpark (incidentally, if it was Tesco building in a field and close to town im sure there would be protests on grounds of increased traffic and loss of a green area!). This new medical centre will replace the existing Central Surgery at the top of town opposite the Orwell. So, they are putting the money back in to the ‘Felixstowe Health Service’ but I always thought that the partners of a surgery funded the building, from however they receive their salaries and running costs etc, and not the state. Also, what then happens to the old surgery site and who will benefit from the sale of that? All sounds like smoke a mirrors to move the cash round before anyone starts to question where the Bartlett Felixstowe money has gone – maybe im just a little cynical though

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    Homeofstowe

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Can anybody tell me what this new medical centre for Felixstowe is all about? Also, the accounting expressions used in this piece are a bit odd. For instance, an asset is what the organisation OWNS, whereas a liability is what an organisation OWES, so how can one "reduce an asset liability"? That would be a contradiction in terms, would it not? "Making revenue savings of circa £90,000 in running costs....in addition to the capital receipt" is a mishmash of expressions. You do not make revenue savings by reducing costs: instead, you increase your profit. You do not make revenue savings by a capital receipt: instead, you reduce your borrowings.

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    cwayconslt

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

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