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Practice Succession

I am confused about the difference between full retirement from the NHS and 24-hour retirement. I am a single-handed GP and want to retire at the end of March. I then plan to do locum work at the practice. I am taking on a partner in January and will hand over the practice to this GP on 1 April. I am uncertain what is the better course of action for me. Should I retire and do locum work or take 24-hour retirement and do locum work?

You cannot simply hand your practice over to a new partner, so I hope that you have checked this all through with your PCT. If you have not done so, the practice may be put out to tender by the PCT when you retire, whether or not it is 24-hour retirement.

To be absolutely certain of the succession of the practice to the new partner, you would need to give the PCT 28 days notice that you are taking on a new partner. Then, on the day that you take on the partner, you can give 28 days notice of both your retirement from the practice and that the practice will be going back to being single-handed.

If you take 24-hour retirement, you only need a break of 24 hours, but you must not work for more than 16 hours per week in the first month. Thereafter, you can work as many hours as you wish.

There would be advantages in coming back as a partner. For example, the practice could not dispense with your services whenever it wanted.

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