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Invest £250m in premises or forget shifting care to GPs, GPC to tell NHS England


The NHS has traditionally provided a "last man standing clause" for GPs in leased premises, wherein the last partner left in the practice (holding the lease) is protected if he has to stop work (re health issues, retirement, etc). Now however, NHS England are refusing to provide this and are insisting that GP partnerships (even sole practitioners) are obliged to be responsible for the full term of any contractual lease. Practices due to re-new their leases are being asked to sign 25+yr contracts, making themselves personally liable, although many/all in the practice have substantially shorter times to retirement, and, in the present chaotic NHS environment, have no confidence in the long term future of the NHS. These practices are now left with effectivley no lease!

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09 Jan 2014

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