06 October 2009,

NHS Cumbria Express LIFT Partner Announced

Clare Poulter, Acting LIFT Director said, "Express LIFT has worked well for NHS Cumbria. Due to the amount of preparatory work undertaken by the team, it took less than four months between gaining formal approval by the North West Strategic Health Authority and the Trust Board approving our preferred partner. Thanks to the Express LIFT process giving assurance that all bidders are signed up to the standard documentation, we are confident that we will be in a position to establish the LIFT Company formally within a matter of weeks. We are delighted to have appointed Express LIFT Investments Ltd (ELIL) as our LIFT partner. Their involvement will bring extensive experience in delivering large infrastructure schemes for the NHS, and we look forward to our new LIFT Company accelerating our plans to re-develop our community hospitals in the most cost effective way".

For further details see the - NHS Cumbria website