Having recently handed in my notice to quit as a GP I can understand the feelings of the GP’s involved in these two scenarios. the risks faced by partners as potentially ” the last man standing” are incredible and would not be acceptable in any other subcontracted work in the NHS.
GP partners at a practice that is set to close face personal ‘financial ruin’ from a bill of £800,000, having taken out a long lease with the support of NHS managers.
The North Bicester Surgery in Oxfordshire is set to close for good on 30 September because the withdrawal of MPIG funding has made it ‘financially unviable’, leaving 4,500 patients having to find new practices.
As a result of the closure, the senior partner has told Pulse he could face being hit with almost £1 million in bills because there are eight years left on the lease.
However, he added that he took on the 25-year lease in 2000 following enthusiastic support from the health authorities, because Bicester is and was one of the fastest growing towns in Europe.