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Q: REIMBURSEMENT APPEALS.
I read with interest Justin Cumberlege's article (GP, 1 May) on the successful judgment against the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) about a district valuer (DV) determining an appeal on the level of rent reimbursement for GP premises.
Will the NHSLA now send all appeals to an independent valuer and will this help GPs?
The case won by Primary Health Investment Properties (PHIP) is looked on as positive because in future the NHSLA must ensure that justice is 'seen to be done'.
This may mean that the NHSLA appoints independent valuers (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members, for instance) when dealing with appeals. However the NHSLA is probably still considering its options.
With uncertainty over how the appeal procedure should now work, GPs' appeals will inevitably be delayed while procedures are reconsidered There is …