Scottish practices underpaid up to 84% on rent

Scottish practices may be able to claim almost double the amount of notional rent they currently receive, experts believe.

Funding: warning as Scottish practices denied fair rent reimbursement
Funding: warning as Scottish practices denied fair rent reimbursement

GP Surveyors, a company of chartered surveyors that specialises in GP practices, said it has achieved on average a notional rent increase of 21% for practices in Scotland over the past year.

This compares to an average increase of approximately 10% for practices across the whole of the UK.

One of the largest notional rent increases achieved after GP Surveyors became involved was 84% for Rutherglen Health Centre in Glasgow. A partner at the practice, Dr Alasdair Campbell, said: ‘I had thought that our rent didn’t quite reflect the standard and location of our surgery, however I never imagined that we were being underfunded by such a phenomenal amount.

‘Following their survey of our premises and negotiations with the district valuer, GP Surveyors increased our rent from £13,200 per year to £24,300 per year.'

‘I would encourage all Scottish surgeries that are on a notional rent scheme to seek a second opinion on their reimbursement. There are so many practices in Scotland who are in need of investment however a notional rent increase could be a large step towards achieving this.’

This comes after GPs in Scotland called for increased investment in practice premises after the country's population rose to its highest ever level following nine years of continuous growth.

A report on population growth from Scotland's registrar general published last month revealed that in mid 2011 Scotland’s population reached 5.25m, the highest level recorded, after continuously growing since 2002.

Managing surveyor at GP Surveyors Paul Conlan said: ‘Our recent work in Scotland has delivered some huge increases for surgeries, particularly in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayrshire. This boost to their income will make a great difference to the quality of the service that the surgeries can provide and gives them the opportunity to renovate or expand to accommodate their growing patient list sizes.’

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