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How can I retire from my singlehanded practice if no-one takes it over?


"...mean the retiring GP would be responsible for the redundancy payments for the practice staff and also for any issues related to premises......" And what about the patients? They remain in the single handed practice for the personal service they receive. I was single handed PMS GP but PCT refused me taking on partner. I felt morally responsible for my pts and staff as I started my practice from scratch. Over the years pts became friends and some of them helped me about the premises and development bringing their 'expert' friends to advise me. Two local practices were happy to take over my patients but patients were not happy to move to new practice. I took hit & went GMS in 2012 took 24 hr retirement and with few hiccups got delightful/dedicated partner. Now we are two doctor(one and half really) practice still with small list but it has increased by 300 in last few months and still growing. We are old fashioned P practice, we kept our old appointment system rather than 8 O' clock rush of telephones/irate patients and harassed staff. We don't have this and I am glad for going from PMS to GMS taking hit with >£25000/- but which we will recoup that in future with increase list size and offering more services. We just renovated the premises giving my partner 50% equity with first refusal if & when I decide to sell my share. We have very good rating on NHS choices. Dr Watson. I hope you find as good a partner as mine so take a plunge before they close 24 hr retirement for single hander as you never know. Good luck

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12 Sep 2014

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