Sharp Rise in GP Mergers as Smaller Practices Struggle to Stay Above Water
20 October 2014, Pulse
The decline of the smaller GP practice is accelerating, with double the rate of practice mergers in the first half of this year, compared with last year.
Dr Nigel Watson, chief executive of Wessex LMC, which has seen 10 practices merge into five to date this year and has a further six mergers pending, said locally practices were taking the step proactively in anticipation of future consolidation of GP providers.
He said: ‘We have quite a few [practices merging] but most have made an active choice to protect their future rather than be forced into an unhappy alliance.’
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