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BMA warns of “private sector kicking GPs out of their surgeries”

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 20 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1241
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

GPs are being warned to prepare for higher costs and uncertainty over their surgery premises and the legal status of their leases.

After the Department of Health’s announcement last month that it would set up a government owned company responsible for owning and managing the estate of the primary care trusts after the organisations are abolished in April 2013, local medical committees and the BMA are warning GPs to ensure that their property documentation is up to date.

They are concerned that the establishment of the new company, NHS Property Services, could mean that new landlords take a much more commercial view of the use of GP premises. The company will take over more than 150 properties in …

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