Further to previous guidance issued by the LMC, we have been made aware that NHSPS has been issuing letters through their lawyers relating to unpaid charges. The tone of these letters is threatening and completely unacceptable. GPC has asked NHSPS to recall the letters urgently and is awaiting a response. The issue may well cause practices significant stress, and the LMC would again reassure practices that it and GPC will support practices in circumstances where, despite there being no legal basis to do so, NHSPS seek to enforce unacceptable charges. To this regard, if you have received any such letter or if NHSPS takes action to enforce charges against you please let the LMC know immediately.
GPC is pushing to reach a negotiated agreement nationally, but is prepared to consider all possibilities to resolve this situation. It wishes for a fair and reasonable national process for calculating service charges agreed, which has due regard to historic arrangements and does not result in practices having to fund the historic neglect of buildings. Whilst GPC is pushing for a national solution, if practices are being threatened with legal action, we would advise seeking independent legal advice on the particulars of their situation, as well as contacting the LMC. Further guidance is available on the BMA website here.
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