Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

48hr access should be scrapped says study

An Essex PCT has been accused of 'engineering a calamity' after it failed to organise a stand-in GP for a singlehanded practice patients had battled to save.

Outgoing GP Dr Ashley Pain has warned that the Hoppit surgery in Danbury could be left with no premises, no drug account, no telephones and no insurance if he retires as planned.

Despite bowing to patient pressure and agreeing to advertise for another singlehanded GP to take over the practice, Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT has not yet found a 'caretaker GP' for the interim period.

'I won't let the practice fall apart and if that means letting the staff use the practice for

a while then so be it,' Dr

Pain said. But he added: 'On one front the PCT seem to be engineering a calamity. They had six months to sort this out.'

Dr Pain said that unless the trust found a GP to take over the practice temporarily the surgery would be unable to function.

The PCT agreed to advertise for another singlehanded GP to take over the practice following a vigorous campaign and a petition signed by more than 1,000 protesters.

Mike Harrison, the trust's chief executive, said the PCT was in disucssion with a potential caretaker GP and hoped to 'sign them up soon'. In the meantime, the PCT had taken Dr Pain up on his offer to delay his retirement for another month.

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say