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Premises costs force 12,000-patient GP practice to hand back contract

A GP practice in Nottingham serving 12,000 patients has been forced to hand back its contract to NHS England due to severe financial pressures.

Whyburn Medical Practice, which has been operating since 2009, made the decision on 30 November and the practice is set to close on 31 May 2019, after the six-month notice period expires.

The practice said an increase in maintenance costs for the building it rents from NHS Property Services has resulted in a dispute and other related issues, which have together made the practice 'financially unviable'.

The service charge increase, which the practice has disapproved of as 'highly inflated', has been an ongoing issue over the last several years.

It is also facing recruitment issues, after two GPs left and two more are due to leave in the near future.

A statement from the practice added: ‘In essence, the grave concerns regarding the financial unsustainability of Whyburn Medical Practice have made an already difficult recruitment situation impossible and this has resulted in an inability to move forward or plan for the future.

‘The GP partners at Whyburn Medical Practice have tried tirelessly to find a solution to these problems, exploring all avenues, but without success.’

NHS Nottingham North and East CCG clinical lead Dr James Hopkinson said: 'We’re saddened that Whyburn Medical Practice has made the difficult decision to hand back their contract. We recognise that the partners have been facing a number of challenges and trying for some time to recruit additional GPs and other clinicians.

'We’ve been working closely with them to help address the issues and while we are very disappointed that they have arrived at this decision, we appreciate it is one that will not have been taken lightly.'

He added that over the next six months the CCG 'will be working closely with our colleagues at NHS England to find the right long-term solution for the patients currently registered with Whyburn Medical Practice and ensure that any changes take place with minimal disruption'.

 

Readers' comments (5)

  • Cobblers

    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, I'm gonna get you, too
    Another one bites the dust

    #Queen

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  • NHS Property Services pays itself rent for Practices with only 3200 patients - 78k while a neighbouring Practice with almost 4000k patient in the vicinity with similar or even greater space is paid 38k per year. Root out corruption first from NHSP. Problem is managers from PCTs and the establishment have got comfortably ensconced in cushy jobs and have not seen a boot despite creating havoc in their previous positions. In my area, the people whose performance resulted in failure of the Trust 15 years ago are still here and now sitting as bosses of NHSE and NHS Property Services. And the Trust is still struggling - does it ever have a chance of recovery? No chance, not until you sack the sick incompetent buffoons instead of promoting them higher each time they do something wrong. Ah yes, if you have the clout, you can still get lucrative APMS Contracts for average 160-200 pounds per patients without procurement process here.

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  • BTW, the highest earning GP in UK was earning the highest in 2012 because of 250 pound per patient Contracts in my local area.The same Managers sat at the help of the PCT at the time.
    770k per year - check the Daily Mail.

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  • read...'at the helm of the PCT'

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  • CCGs working with NHS England: always inspires hope!!!The blind and deaf leading the blind and deaf

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