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Silent sell-off: how private companies exploit cheap GP rents


I left General practice (I was a single handed principal) many years ago when the plummet over the cliff started. I kept my surgery and rented it back to the PCT. I received a decent reimbursement and it increased annually by RPI. All was good. Then the PCT/NHS England contracted a private contractor to provide the services. My lease was then with them, but they were totally controlled by NHS England who seemed to bully them. My rent was reduced by a massive percentage and ever since, NHS England have squeezed successive contractors so badly that they have both now left, unable to run the surgery well or make a decent profit. The surgery finally closed down yesterday and the patients have been dispersed. It seemed calculated by NHS England who were always pushing to close this surgery. It was a modern purpose built surgery in an expanding end of town, with good car parking and no other surgery for miles. As for me? I am working as a private doctor in another field and I love it. I am hoping to rent the surgery to a private tenant at a decent commercial rate or may even provide private services from it myself. I honestly feel that the government is deliberately sabotaging general practice.

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30 Sep 2017

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