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New partnership agreement advice

The BMA has released updated guidance on partnership agreements, containing details of limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies.

It also advises GPs on how to manage disputes and replaces hurriedly introduced guidance released after the new contract.

Dr Stewart Drage, GPC negotiator, said its release was part of a programme to encourage more GPs to have partnership agreements in place.

He said: 'The law says you can have a partnership-at-will, but practices have been under a great amount of stress for all sorts of reasons, so it's even more important to have an agreement.'

The guidance is available at www.bma.org.uk/ap.nsf/content/ partneragreefeb06

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