No premises funding

Can our partnership develop new surgery premises and insist on the PCT paying us notional rent reimbursement? We practise from an old health centre owned by the PCT. Our floor space is a sixth of what we should have for our 6,000 patients and we cannot increase it as we share the building with other practices. The PCT has told us it cannot support a relocation to purpose-built premises on another site we have found very close by. Nor will it let us buy the health centre and fund its redevelopment ourselves. The reason given is lack of money. Is the PCT prevented from selling us the health centre? It says that under a standard restrictive covenant it has to offer the health centre to the local LIFT scheme company first.

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