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GP practice taken over by trust to ensure its survival

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A couple of things that will be obvious to many partners here: 1 - The closing of the branch surgery is pretty convenient for the hospital. Branch surgeries are expensive to run and cause particular problems with staff numbers are dropping. I suspect the GP partners asked if they could close the branch surgery and were told no. Why is it suddenly acceptable now that the surgery is run by the hospital? Surely they should find another nearby site to provide the services from? 2 - The contract will change from a (likely) GMS to an APMS contract. Can NHSE confirm that the hospital's contract will not be any more lucrative than the GPs contract (I suspect they will be paid more). If not, why were the GP partners not offered the same kind of support when they needed it.

Posted date

21 Jul 2016

Posted time

10:31am

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