Video: GPs should not fear the rise of 'super partnerships'

GPs should not be fearful of joining super partnerships because the new organisations will put general practice in a stronger position, according to a leading healthcare lawyer.

Lynne Abbess, partner and head of professional services at healthcare legal firm Hempsons, told GPonline’s sister site Medeconomics that it was inevitable there would be more super partnerships in the NHS in the coming years. But, she added, this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

‘It is far better to be a smaller cog in a bigger wheel these days than to be an important person in a one-man band – because if you are in a one-man band you are very vulnerable in the NHS as it is presently constituted,’ Ms Abbess said.

Ms Abbess said that some partners may feel like they would lose control by joining bigger groups. But, she added, 'the partnership as a whole is going to have greater control over its own destiny as far as the NHS generally is concerned and therefore there is less to fear through being part of that model.'

Watch the video below, where Ms Abbess also talks about how super partnerships can be established.

Ms Abbess was speaking to Medeconomics for a series of videos about legal issues affecting general practice and GP partnerships.

Medeconomics subscribers can access the videos here. The videos cover:

  • Planning for a GP partner’s retirement
  • Undertaking a partnership ‘health check’
  • Legal advice on practice mergers
  • Legal considerations when federating and working at scale

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