This is the option presented to one practice. However, is this just something that is almost certainly going to occur again and again?
Traditional partnerships have long since gone and as such, incoming partners do not buy out exiting GP’s. Premises are seen as being a good investment to hang to or to sell at a later date. There is a big assumption that the NHS will continue to pay ever increasing rents and that the tenants will automatically receive the appropriate reimbursements to cover their costs.
Why should a group of GP’s be allowed to retain the full profit from the continued payment of rent (where they own the premises and no loan is outstanding) or simply sell the premises to a non NHS profit making developer? NHS funding has paid for these buildings over the years and it is about time the NHS gets something back.