Dr William Lumb:
Well, the current RLI site, the current Lancaster site, isn't fit for purpose. We know it's not fit for purpose. There's plenty of evidence as to why, we need to think differently. The other thing, I think, that wasn't really touched on: it's in the wrong place as well, because, OK, it serves the population within a mile or two of the site, but thereafter and the RLI site, you know, anywhere from Ambleside up to Sedbergh and round and from Garstang up, that's the population that it, generally speaking, serves and it's difficult to get to, so it's an accident of history. It will have started from some form of charitable institution in late Victorian times. And that's not where we need to be today. So, not fit purpose and in the wrong site. Then, if you then look at what you can do to change things. You can't change your population that you serve. That's a given. That's fine. And we have a good population to serve. But you can look at your staff, how you recruit staff in the future, the ethos of your staff. You can change your systems and processes, and you can change the built environment. So the built environment is one of the things, one of the significant things you can change about how you deliver health and social care. And so I think, you know, add all that up together and then you have a compelling reason. And also, 80% of our budget is on staff. You know as a £630 million organisation, there's a lot of money we spend on staff and surely if we can optimise the experience for those staff, if we can give them the best facilities, we're going to get more out of them. And it just seems very obvious thing to do. Focus on what you need to focus on.
The demographic shifts, you know, the volume of population that, you know, I don't think anyone particularly predicts, you know, the population of the United Kingdom has been stable at 56 million for many a year, was it not? And then suddenly it's now up at 66 and it's heading up to 70 million. I don't think anyone 30 years ago was predicting that. So, so you know, we have to respond to the need. A level of investment or, you know, getting this level of investment, this level of focus, this level of agreement requires lots of moving parts to come together and you're absolutely right, this is this is an interplanetary alignment and this is like your launch window for voyager or whatever it might be, you've got to grasp this one, you have to seize it when the politicians, when the population, when the money is available, you know when the whole thing comes together, you can't sit on your hands.