A response to warnings that the service charge demands threaten the future of many GP practices
In GP online today, it has been reported that six-figure service charge hikes threaten future of GP practices across England.
As this issue has attracted increased media coverage over recent weeks, we have been contacted by a number of GPs across the country who are clearly concerned about the level of the invoices that they are receiving from NHS Property Services.
In many cases the invoices are incorrect and in most cases set out a massive rise in the service charges that practices are being asked to pay without any proper clarity or transparency as to the charges that are being made. The transitional support offered by NHS England does not adequately deal with the long term financial impact of these increases upon GPs.
As we know, along with increased service charge intended to be imposed from this financial year onwards, there has also been a large number of cases of Practices receiving large bills for backdated service charge from NHSPS. We would note that there has been no comment so far form either NHSPS or NHS England on this point and no support of any kind offered in relation to those costs specifically. Victoria Armstrong was quoted in the Financial Times last week on this subject.
We would urge GP practices who find themselves in this position to obtain professional advice regarding their position on this issue.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please contact Victoria Armstrong or a member of the healthcare team.