We have been dealing with GP practice mergers for over 20 years, but in the last few years mergers have become more and more common. A merger may be an attempt to achieve economies of scale, but increasingly they are a solution to GP practices being unable to recruit, despite being otherwise sound.
A GP practice merger means a lot of work for a GP Practice Manager, who will have to deal with a lot of the 'heavy lifting'. Many of our clients have been through this process and if you are a practice manager who is likely to be involved in running a merger we would be happy to put you in touch with others who will be happy to share their experiences.
In legal terms, a GP practice merger can be effected by putting in place a new partnership deed, but before that stage the legal issues will have an impact on how you plan the merger.
We find that there are four key hurdles to a merger:
Our cross-disciplinary Primary Care team can help advise on all the above and more, and can guide you through the GP merger process. We can also provide specialist employment law advice as there will inevitably be a TUPE transfer and on any CQC or regulatory issues that may arise.
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