On Tuesday 19 December 2017, I asked Jeremy Hunt about NHS Property Services. Jeremy Hunt admitted that levels of rent charged to some GP surgeries ‘are not fair’. A number of GP practices and patients have raised these problems with me, so I challenged him to meet with me and practice managers in Bristol West to discuss ongoing issues with NHS Property Services.
This is an urgent matter for GPs in Bristol. A number of GP surgeries have closed or changed hands across the city over the past seven years and providing GP services for a growing population presents real problems. But practices should be able to get on with meeting those challenges, and not have to deal with unfair rental charges and incomplete maintenance repairs.
Jeremy Hunt promised to look into the issues I raised in my question. I’ll be pressing him to make sure he takes action.
The capacity and availability of at least one GP surgery in my constituency are both profoundly affected by the relationship with NHS Property Services—incomplete maintenance jobs and vastly increased rent are problems. Will the Secretary of State meet me and the practice manager of that GP surgery to discuss this?
Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health)
I understand the concerns that the hon. Lady raises; they have been raised by a number of Members. There are historical issues on the levels of rent charged by NHS Property Services, which frankly are not fair given the variation in charges to different GP practices across the country. I will be happy to look carefully into the issues she raises.
You can watch the exchange here: