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Leeds launches health venture

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A joint venture between two private and public sector organisations, claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, is planned to transform community health services across Leeds.

The partnership will improve healthcare facilities for local people and compliment wider regeneration plans for East and South Leeds, which will see Leeds City Council and its partners investing in the region of£1.2bn in new homes, schools, transport and the environment over the next 20 years.

It involves the GP-led provider company Leodis Care and joint venture company Leeds LIFT, and will be known as Leodis Community Ventures.

Those backing the project say that Leodis Community Ventures will work closely with local NHS organisations to deliver "more accessible high quality healthcare services within state-of-the-art primary care facilities in East and South Leeds".

Maureen Taylor, who is Leeds City Council’s chief officer for financial development and a director of Leodis Community Ventures, said: “This is an exciting partnership and another piece in the jigsaw to improve local services.

"We are working hard with the community in the east of Leeds to regenerate the area and improve people’s lives. This venture should make a real difference to them.”

Phil Harris of Miller Group, a private sector partner, said: “This is a great opportunity to combine the two skill sets of an estates facilities provider and a clinical service provider. I don’t know of any other joint venture company that has achieved this.

"We will be providing a genuine public service using the very best skills from both the public and private sectors. This will involve enhancing the environment in which existing services are offered, as well as creating new services within state-of-the-art buildings.”

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