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GP contract transfer

Q: I am currently working as a part-time salaried GP in a singlehanded practice and I am aware that my principal is keen to transfer their contract. However, I am not presently in the best position to take on a full-time role as I have a young family. Can I take control of a practice and employ other GPs to work in it?

A:In theory the answer to your question is yes for a GMS contract which can be automatically varied and possibly for a PMS contract which requires the PCT's approval to a variation.

However, assuming the transfer of the contract is achievable, there is nothing then to prevent you from employing a salaried GP to deliver the clinical services, leaving you to manage the practice.

However, you should appreciate that this would not enable you to leave the practice to run itself. You would certainly be required to demonstrate to the PCT's satisfaction that you accept responsibility for the contract, and are prepared to devote sufficient hours of management time to it to ensure it remains viable.

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