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11th November 2019

GPC Chair comments on NHS Property Services charges

PAC report publishes findings


The Public Accounts Committee have just published their report which concludes that NHSPS 'was set up to fail', and that DHSC are not setting a course of action to address the issues. The report finds that 70% of tenants do not have leases in place and urges DHSC to move towards a more transparent and equitable charging model with adequate funding in place.  In response, a full press statement has been issued, stating: "The PAC Report into NHS Property Services highlights what the BMA has been saying for some time - that the current model is not fit for purpose. Extortionate service charges are proving an impossible barrier to many agreeing new leases with the current system actively threatening the future of GP services in some parts of the country.

 To read the full report, please click on the link below:

 

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201920/cmselect/cmpubacc/200/200.pdf

"Ultimately, this ridiculous situation means GPs are being forced to spend far too much time and effort trying to resolve these issues instead of caring for patients, and is also discouraging many young doctors from becoming GP partners."

The BMA has already set out, in a letter of claim, that it believe the NHSPS is acting unlawfully and made clear that if no satisfactory response is received, we will take NHSPS to court.